STATEMENT FROM THE TYENDINAGA MOHAWK COUNCIL REGARDING THE CANNABIS PLEBISCITE VOTE
November 18, 2019
The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council (TMC) has reviewed the results of the Cannabis Control Board and the Cannabis Control Law Plebiscite Vote that took place on November 16, 2019.
The question asked was whether “The Cannabis Control Board and the Cannabis Control Law shall regulate all cannabis business activity in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory through licensing and other control mechanisms set out in the Law”. The results are as follows:
|Option||Mail In||Mohawk Administration Office||Electronic||Total Votes|
|YES – I Agree||0||92||75||167|
|No – I Disagree||0||49||110||159|
A total of 326 people voted; 141 in person and 185 electronically. A total of 167 were in favour and 159 disagreed. No spoiled votes were recorded.
While we would like to thank community members for participating in the plebiscite vote, TMC believes that the results of the vote are not fully representative of the community’s needs or interests to move forward with a mandate at this time. A low voter turnout indicates that increased community engagement and discussion needs to take place.
As elections for Chief and Council will take place in December with a new Council taking office on December 18, 2019, TMC will make recommendations on next steps for the incoming Council to consider on this issue.