Canadian regulators have licensed the country’s first Indigenous owned and operated medical marijuana facility, it was announced recently. The facility, Seven Leaf, received a license to operate as a medicinal cannabis cultivator and processor under the Access to Cannabis For Medical Purposes Regulations from Health Canada late last month.

Seven Leaf is located in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on Cornwall Island, Ontario and is run by members of the Akwesasne community with experience in horticulture, pharmaceuticals, law, and business administration. 

Lewis Mitchell, the president of Seven Leaf and former Akwesasne Mohawk chief of police, said in a press release that the company is committed to providing opportunities for the Akwesasne community.

“The Seven Leaf team is deeply rooted in the Akwesasne community,” Mitchell said. “We take tremendous pride in our First Nations Territory and believe in providing advancement and growth opportunities for a strong, prosperous future. We are establishing quality jobs—where our college and university graduates have something to come home for, and to stay for.”

Facility Spurs Growth

Mitchell also noted that Seven Leaf could spur additional economic development for the First Nations community.

“Seven Leaf has the potential to create a new economy on Akwesasne which in turn will impact the broader

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