Province seeks to close another cannabis store



The province has filed a statement to shut down the Indigenous Bloom cannabis store in Portage la Prairie, the provincial regulator’s latest attempt to curb what it claims to be operating an unlicensed retail store.

The Indigenous Bloom store in Portage is a partnership between the Long Plain First Nation and Indigenous Bloom, a British Columbia company.

In May, the provincial regulator terminated the license of another store in which Long Plain First Nation is a partner, Meta Cannabis Supply Co. at 420 Madison St., even though that store was in compliance with all regulations. The status of this store is unclear, although officials at High Tide Inc., a company that acquired cannabis retail chain Meta late last year, have said it is relinquishing. his participation in this store.

Long Plain First Nation Chief Dennis Meeches declined to comment on Friday afternoon after the Manitoba Attorney General’s office issued a press release on the lawsuit seeking an interim and permanent injunction against the landlords of the shop.

The statement noted that the attorney general’s office wishes to “apply a set of rules to everyone.”

In the past, Meeches has claimed the store does not sell unregulated products and has hinted that a legal battle is imminent.

Meanwhile, a store attendant who answered the phone Friday afternoon at the subject native Bloom’s location at 79 Keeshkeemaquah Drive in Portage la Prairie said the store was open.

Some believe this is the first salvo in a battle over Indigenous rights in the cannabis industry, something observers say remained ambiguous in the original federal legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018.

Meeches has said in the past that his band is the government authority “for all matters on our lands”.

The statement states: “The absence of any cannabis store agreement with MBLL (Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corp.) and the absence of a retail cannabis store license means that all cannabis sales made in the Indigenous Bloom store are against the law. from Manitoba and Canada.

The attorney general’s office said it was taking action to protect the public interest and was following earlier efforts by provincial cannabis industry regulators to end what it claims to be unlicensed sale of products. unregulated at the Long Plain First Nation Portage store. He said regulators have “extended multiple opportunities to resume participation in the authorized legal framework,” but these actions have not had the desired effect and sales of what he says are commodities. unregulated cannabis continued.

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