First-ever First Nation cannabis outdoor grow operation; First Nation cannabis inventor and entrepreneur featured in second edition of “Growth and Prosperity” Magazine

(Serpent River First Nation, May 16, 2019) The second edition of “Growth and Prosperity: Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Magazine” is now online at https://bimaadzwin.ca/growth-and-prosperity-spring-summer-2019/. Feature stories include the fact that Health Canada has given Wiisag, a First Nation company, approval to pursue the next step towards growing cannabis outdoors this summer; while Justin Valmont is the inventor of an automated cannabis growing system.

“The purpose of this magazine is to highlight the fact that Indigenous peoples are and will continue to become key players in Canada’s cannabis industry,” said publisher Isadore Day. “Growth and Prosperity not only highlights successes but provides information on how our Peoples and communities can become involved in the industry, which includes the production and sale of both medical and recreational cannabis.

“The following is an excerpt from my message in the latest edition: When we look across the country, we see many hard-fought assertions to participate in Canada’s cannabis industry – but it’s not an easy, cut and dried task to unpack where First Nations stand in today’s industry.

“The mishmash of views and approaches to First Nation jurisdictional issues as perceived by Canada is a result of the neglect of not only Canada and

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Wiisag Receives Confirmation of Readiness for Outdoor Cannabis Cultivation

(Toronto, May 8, 2019) Wiisag Corporation, an integrated indigenous cannabis company, headquartered at Neyaashiinigmiing, ON, First Nation, is pleased to announce it has received a letter from Health Canada stating that Wiisag is at the Confirmation of Readiness stage, effective immediately.

“We are thrilled to receive this notice from Health Canada. Now we can truly begin our journey in the cannabis industry,” said Jake Linklater, Executive Chairman of Wiisag. “We continue to persevere through the rigorous process, diligently working to address and comply with the Cannabis Act and regulations. It is very rewarding to achieve this major milestone in time to get a crop in the ground this year.”

“This is a big step towards building an Indigenous company that can compete in the global cannabis industry” added Joel Strickland, Wiisag CEO. “We have listened carefully to Chiefs, Councillors, Elders, and Youth to hear community concerns and hopes for cannabis and we have incorporated a lot of these teachings into our plans. We have also listened carefully to capital providers and other industry stakeholders. The harmonization of different perspectives into an actionable plan is one of the many things that make Wiisag unique.”

“From Day One, we have been committed to executing a scalable outdoor

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Cannabis Eduction 101

I sent my 21-year-old daughter a photo because I felt so cool. She was less impressed than I had hoped.

The coffee table in front of me was covered in cannabis stuff, weed, grinders, papers and bongs. Never in 30 years of journalism have I typed the word bong.

Having represented two cannabis companies with my marketing firm, I wasn’t completely unaware of the topic. I just hadn’t seen it rolled out in front of me. Rolled. See what I did there?

Even in an era of legalization I still felt kind of odd as Maddie Brown moved to her balcony to smoke a joint.

– Read the entire article at Ottawa Sun.

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20-year-old B.C. Woman Acquires Cannabis Shop Licence

Amidst the griping and gnashing of teeth that is the red tape of the legal cannabis industry in B.C., a young entrepreneur in a small town seems to be bucking the trend.

Julia Middlebrook was granted a province of B.C. recreational cannabis sale licence on April 30, the 22nd licence of its kind to be issued in B.C. since legalization on Oct. 17, 2018.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Middlebrook told Global News from her shop in Creston, B.C.

She’s only 20-years-old, an age when many people are still trying to imagine what they’ll be when they grow up.

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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Cannabis Meds: ‘I Risk Criminal Record to Help My Child’

Anthony Clarry has had to get used to breaking the law. Once a month he smuggles two cannabis-based medicines into the UK for his five-year-old daughter Indie-Rose, who has a rare form of severe epilepsy.

Speaking minutes after clearing customs at Stansted Airport, he told the BBC: “Every time I come back from the Netherlands I am really anxious that they might stop me and then I risk a criminal record, and also having Indie’s medicine taken away which would potentially put her life at risk.”

Indie-Rose’s mother, Tannine Montgomery, has also made the trip. She said: “We should not have to spend £1,500 a month on these medicines, but be able to pick it up from a local pharmacy.”

– Read the entire article at BBC News.

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