We are holding a Plebiscite Vote on November 16, 2019 to determine whether the Eligible Voters of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte agree that the Tyendinaga Mohawk Cannabis Control Board shall regulate all cannabis business activity in our Territory.

1. What You are voting for

The vote on November 16, 2019 is to determine whether you support having a Cannabis Control Law, and the Cannabis Control Board that the Law creates, regulate cannabis businesses in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.  One Feather online voting began on October 28, 2019 and will close at the same time as the polling station closes on November 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The question will appear on the ballot as follows:

Please answer yes if you agree with the statement below, or no if you disagree.

The Cannabis Control Board and the Cannabis Control Law shall regulate all cannabis business activity in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory through licencing and other control mechanisms set out in the Law.

2. What will happen if the vote succeeds

The vote will succeed if a majority of the individuals who vote, vote in favour of the proposed Law and Cannabis Control Board. The plebiscite process will include a record of number of votes casts and the result of the vote.

If the vote succeeds, the Cannabis Control Board will be given authority under the Cannabis Control Law and the Board’s authority will take effect in the Territory on July 2, 2020. Prior to this date, elections will be held to vote in the three elected members of the Cannabis Control Board, and the two appointed members will be chosen in time to have this Board trained and ready for business by the end of the transition period.

Once all Board members are in place, the Cannabis Control Board will be responsible for licensing every cannabis business on the Territory and ensuring that those businesses are in compliance with the Law and associated regulations. This applies to new cannabis businesses as well as businesses that are already operating. If a cannabis business is unable to meet the requirements under the Law and be licenced by the Cannabis Control Board, they will not be allowed to operate on the Territory.

3. What will happen if the vote fails

If the majority of the individuals who vote do not vote in favour of the proposed law, the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council will determine whether another community meeting about the Law and Cannabis Control Board is appropriate. They will also consider whether a second vote is appropriate after the additional community meeting.

If the Council decides not to hold a second vote, or if the Board’s authority is rejected at a second vote, the Cannabis Control Law will not be passed and will not come into effect. Council will consider whether other action is necessary or appropriate to ensure that the interests of the community are properly protected with respect to cannabis businesses on the Territory, but for the time being, the status quo and some of the ill effects experienced by community members and residents will need to be managed under the existing Interim Cannabis Control Regulation.   Note: this Board will not control medicinal cannabis accessed by individuals through licenced producers or other non-commercial suppliers such as a personal grower.