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Lhtako Dené Nation and B.C. Government sign cannabis agreement

The agreement includes the option for Lhtako to operate in both production and retail sales
Lhtako Grass will be getting a new name. The retail drive-thru-cannabis store previously operating under the laws of the Lhtako Dené Nation will reopen later this spring with a provincial license after the First Nation and the BC Government signed a cannabis agreement under section 119 of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

A cannabis agreement with the provincial government gives Lhtako Dené Nation the freedom and flexibility to enter the cannabis economy on a level playing field with the rest of B.C., says Chief Clifford Lebrun.

The Indigenous community south of Quesnel and the Government of BC announced Wednesday, April 20, reaching an agreement under Section 119 of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

According to a news release, the government-to-government agreement enables variation from the provincial cannabis framework for Lhtako’s cannabis ventures, and includes the option for Lhtako to operate in both production and retail sales.

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The First Nation’s retail drive-thru cannabis store, Lhtako Grass, closed in late March after applying for a provincial cannabis retail store license.

The store will reopen under a new name later this spring, said band manager Ron Rasmussen, who added they are looking into adding a delivery service.

Lebrun said they hope to provide six to eight jobs for community members and non-community members alike.

“This agreement also supports a very important revenue stream for the Nation,” Lebrun said in the news release.

“Although not a huge revenue stream, it provides a steady flow that adds to others that will lead to complete self-sufficiency and the freedom to plan our own journey forward.”

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