MEDIA RELEASE: Cannabis Association Leads Way for Indigenous Self-Regulation

Thursday, June 20, 2018

ALDERVILLE FIRST NATION – A conscientious group of cannabis growers, sellers and consumers at Alderville First Nation have united to form the Alderville Cannabis Association (ACA). The voluntary, consensus-based body establishes the first collective model of cannabis regulation based on Indigenous principles and practices.

“It’s been months we’ve been intensely researching the plant and industry, consulting with our elders and entrepreneurs, discussing amongst our Nation and seriously reflecting on our situation,” said Rob Stevenson, ACA Spokesperson and member of the six person interim Executive. “We’re thrilled to set this in motion.”

Amy Marsden, ACA Treasurer said all six of the Nation’s dispensaries back the move to associate and regulate. “We’re excited to support each other this way… to ensure safety for our children and youth, and real, wholistic health and prosperity for our people.”

Cannabis dispensaries on the territory, located 25 km north of Cobourg, Ontario, have been operating for a year and enjoying the patronage of consumer traffic east of Toronto. Their local industry has rapidly expanded from reselling to include high level cannabis testing, processing, production, seed sourcing, growing, education and security.

The ACA’s formalization advances the Indigenous Cannabis Industry’s place at the forefront of exercising sovereign rights protected by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), especially articles 20 to 26.

The founding documents of the Alderville Cannabis Association, including mission statement, bylaws, and community standards are available at


For More information:

Rob Stevenson, ACA Spokesperson

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