CANADA: When Elaine Alec started door knocking in her First Nation community to ask families and respected elders if they would approve of an on-reserve medical marijuana grow-op, she braced herself for the worst.
“My first line was: ‘So … What do you think of medical marijuana?'” said Alec, a planning and community engagement specialist with the Penticton Indian Band in British Columbia’s Interior.
“I was completely surprised that people would get a look of thought on their faces and were thinking about it. They would say, ‘I think that’s a good idea.'”
Now, the band’s proposal to build a medical pot facility is moving forward with substantial community support as the First Nation looks at growing a cannabis strain that caters specifically to health conditions afflicting indigenous populations.