OHSWEKEN (Thursday, May 27, 2021) — The Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) is excited to announce the first round of applications for cannabis production and retail licenses have been received and consultations are underway.

Early indications show participation higher than expected but within capacity. The consultation process provides local cannabis industry participants and entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to ask questions and fine tune their production or sales model before they launch.

“The federal government enacted the Cannabis Act after zero consultation with on-reserve leadership, a move which left dangerous loopholes in the Act that continue to put Indigenous communities at an elevated risk for illegal cannabis activity,” says SNCC Chair Nahnda Garlow. “Six Nations took critical action to protect community members — by implementing the Six Nations Cannabis Control Law and Regulations to ensure a safe cannabis industry.”

Chair Garlow added “The Law will restrict the ownership of cannabis businesses on the territory to Six Nations band members only. It will also ensure our Six Nations community sees economic benefits from cannabis business on the territory. The accompanying Six Nations Cannabis Control Regulations will set out standards that protect the environment and prevent the use of Haudenosaunee cultural symbols, language and heritage on cannabis products.”


Six Nations of the Grand River (SNGR) created the Six Nations Cannabis Commission (SNCC) to develop and implement a comprehensive cannabis regulatory regime that will ensure the health and safety of community members and that cannabis businesses operating on the Territory are contributing to the economic well-being of all Six Nations people.

The Six Nations Cannabis Control Law (SNCCL) was provisionally developed by SNGR in 2019. The final amended SNCCL, and it’s soon-to-be-announced publication and coming into force, authorize SNCC to issue cannabis production and retail licences to successful applicants.

Anyone who wishes to operate a cannabis business (production or retail sale) on Six Nations Territory must apply for and be issued a licence by SNCC, and comply with the ongoing licensing and health and safety requirements contained in the Six Nations Cannabis Control Law and Six Nations Cannabis Control Regulations.

Applications, and further details on the Six Nations Cannabis Control Law and Six Nations Cannabis Control Regulations can be found at


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PDF copy of statement here: SNCC Statement on Licensing 5-27-21