No-vote.ca is an archive of information concerning cannabis regulation in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. No-vote.ca has been created in the wake of the decision by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Elected Band Council to call for a plebiscite vote on their proposed Cannabis Control Law. The No-vote.ca site serves as a platform to inform and educate people as to why they should vote no. You can cast your vote online by clicking here or by clicking on the image below.
The term plebiscite comes from the Roman legal system and refers to a non-binding vote taken by plebes – the lower order of taxed and propertyless citizens in Rome. A plebiscite is a decision making system belonging to outsiders and is foreign to Mohawks, who have the system of the Kayenere:kowa or Great Peace.
The latest draft of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) “Cannabis Control Law” was presented to a community meeting on September 12th, 2019. The elected Band Council’s draft law – which was only provided to community members at the opening of the meeting – was roundly condemned by Mohawks opposed to bringing in foreign laws to regulate their lands and industry and who warned the inevitable result of this approach would be conflict and violence.
The Cannabis Control Law has been organized by Anishinaabe lawyer Sara Mainville and former Tyendinaga Police Chief, OPP Officer, and RCMP Senior Investigator Larry Hay, who now works in the private sector as a private investigator and independent military contractor. According to Hay’s LinkedIn profile, he is a 19 year veteran of the RCMP specializing in drugs, undercover operations, and investigations of organized crime.
The MBQ’s Cannabis Control Law that Hay was hired to promote is an extension of Canada’s Cannabis Act and was created by outsiders to appease the Provincial and Federal government. It, like all MBQ Band Council Resolutions, requires the minister of Indian Affairs approval. It was not drafted in accordance with the customs, culture or traditions of the Mohawk people on whose behalf it is supposedly written. It was not created with the people’s input into its base foundation, and nor does it support the continued economic growth of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
The Simcoe Deed referred to as Treaty 3 ½ by Canada — has its flaws, but has never been legally contested and found invalid. The Simcoe Deed does not name the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Indian Act Band Council as the Heirs or Governors of our lands. It names the Chiefs, Warriors, Women and People of the Six Nations.
In holding this vote, the MBQ is asking our people to hand over our authority, sovereignty, and jurisdiction to a yet to determined committee to govern and hold authority over us on our own lands.
We cannot tolerate this “Cannabis Control Act” being imposed on our community. This website was created to collect and share our opposition to this action of the MBQ. A full timeline of events including media materials is provided below.
The Vote No Campaign.
Timeline of recent cannabis history in Tyendinaga
Dec 2014 Tim Barnhart opens Legacy with a Band Business license.
Mar 2015 Legacy becomes a dispensary, changes name to Legacy 420 and starts sales of cannabis flower.
Nov 2016 Buddies Apothecary, Smoke Signals, Big Green’s open as other Indigenous cannabis dispensaries.
Jan 2016 Smoke on the Water, Cannabis Farmers market and others open, there are now about 8-9 dispensaries open in Tyendinaga.
Jul 1, 2017 Legacy 420 moves to new building on York Road.
July 17, 2017 Police Chief Ron Maracle comes to meeting of Kenhteke Cannabis Association at Big Greens and attempts to shut down the industry. Audio and Transcript.
July 18, 2017 Kenhteke Cannabis Association delivers statement to OPP.
Jun 5, 2018 “Council met with the community regarding the development of our own law” according to lawyer Sara Mainville’s presentation. Need more info.
Jun 19, 2018 “Council met with the community regarding the development of our own law” according to lawyer Sara Mainville’s presentation. Need more info.
Jun 30, 2018 “Council met with the community regarding the development of our own law” according to lawyer Sara Mainville’s presentation. Need more info.
Oct 16, 2018 MBQ Passes Interim Cannabis Control Regulation nearly identical to Kahnawake’s Cannabis Control Law.
Oct 17, 2018 Canada passes The Cannabis Act legalizing recreational cannabis under the Crown’s control.
Mar 31, 2019 Full text of the Cannabis Control Law enacted by the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Indian Act Band Council on March 31st, 2019.
Sept 12, 2019 MBQ Community Meeting. Sara Mainville Power Point Presentation, Audio, and Transcript and Article about the meeting. Leaflet “Why the MBQ has no right to create or enforce a “Cannabis Control Law” on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory” and Leaflet “The colonial framework of the “Cannabis Control Act”
Oct 22, 2019 MBQ Open house at Mohawk Community Centre. Draft Article on meeting.
Oct 27, 2019 MBQ Open house held at Mohawk Community Centre.
Oct 31, 2019 Larry Hay interview at Legacy 420.