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It’s about 3-4 months till Canada legalizes our Native plant for medical and recreational use. Do I take a sigh of relief or do we need to hide our inherent right to medicate for healing purposes?
If we follow in the footsteps of our Mother Earth and put the plant first; we will unite under the protection of this sacred medicine. Regardless of race, our rights as patients who need this medicine to live, becomes the driving force.
From an Aboriginal perspective, I praise the efforts of my community to “legally” own the rights and reclaim this Native plant after all this prohibition time. From an Irish Canadian point of view, I hope that women and patients will become the priority and majority in the medical cannabis field.
Again we are at the mercy of the federal government, but if Prime Minister Trudeau actually follows through with legalization, I know I will be in control of my future and won’t be persecuted for seeking a CBD/THC treatment plan.
Then hopefully lead to employing people with disabilities to work in the cannabis industry that will improve our socio-economic future on several levels. We will be able to medicate and balance our work lives to accommodate our disabilities and enrich our culture more so.
After restarting my research, I found this Aboriginal Canadian network that covers exactly my concerns and hopes for our cannabis community.
“National Indigenous Medical Cannabis Association (NIMCA)
“Specifically, NIMCA’s role is the following, but not limited to the self-regulation of Indigenous medical cannabis industry through the application of Indigenous political and economic principals and governance that will:
o Uphold Indigenous sovereignty self-determination
o Protect minors and families;
o Keep organized crime out of legit Indigenous hemp and cannabis industries;
o Provide the education, awareness, policy and capacity necessary to provide quality control and safe handling;
o Develop a cannabis treatment program to combat the opioid crisis that has gripped Indigenous and mainstream society;
o Ensure standardized testing and consistency of product quality;
o Safety and security;
o Education and awareness within the industry and consumers;
o Regulate pricing of products;
o Generate new training, jobs and economy of scale for Indigenous people and nations;
o Ensure fair wages, benefits and a safe work environment for all employees; and,
o To promote the overall health and well-being of all communities.
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