Cannabis Law & Enactment Process Amendments

Land Law No. 2020-05-01

Being a Land Law to Amend the Cannabis Law originally enacted on July 2, 2019.

Whereas the Nipissing First Nation Land Code, Section 6.1(a) permits Chief and Council to make Land Laws respecting the development, conservation, protection, management, use and possession of Nipissing First Nation Land;

And Whereas a community survey was completed and Notice of the Public Meeting in the matter of the proposed Amendment to Cannabis Law was given by way of an advertisement on March 6, 2020 on the Nipissing First Nation website, social media and on the Community Electronic Billboards;

And Whereas a Public Meetings regarding the proposed Amendment to the Cannabis Law for Nipissing First Nation was held on March 11, 2020 at Garden Village and on March 12, 2020 at Duchesnay Village, Nipissing First Nation;

WHEREAS Nipissing First Nation Chief and Council believe it is in the best interests of the membership to reduce the sale of unregulated cannabis and enable the sale of inspected and regulated cannabis;

Now, Therefore, the Council of the Nipissing First Nation Hereby Enacts as Follows:

  1. That the age requirement of Twenty-one (21) years of age set out in Paragraphs 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 24(b), 25 and 33 is hereby deleted and the following inserted in lieu thereof: “nineteen (19) years of age”.
  2. That Paragraph 24(f) related to the restriction on the sale of edibles be deleted in its entirety.
  3. This law shall come into force and effect on the 19th day of May, 2020.

This Law is hereby enacted at a duly convened meeting of the Council of Nipissing First Nation this 19th day of May, 2020.

Click here to download the above Cannabis Law Amendment document.

Notice of Amendment to Enactment Process by BCR

On May 19, 2020 Chief and Council will sign a Band Council Resolution to amend the Land Law Enactment Process as follows:

“WHEREAS Nipissing First Nation land law consultation, voting and enactment process requires a mail out of any policy, guideline, regulation or land law in regards to land 60 days prior to it coming into effect;

WHEREAS there are other safeguards such as public notice and lands committee notice 21 days prior to any policy, guideline, regulation or land law coming into effect;

WHEREAS during emergency circumstances, such as the current covid-19 pandemic, it may not be prudent to comply with the 60 day mail out requirement.

Therefore be it resolved:

The Nipissing First Nation land law consultation, voting and enactment process is hereby amended by adding section 4.12 that shall read: 

4.12 Council may create or enact a policy, guideline, regulation or land law without the preliminary steps in section 4.4 and 4.5 ordinarily required, if Council is of the opinion there is a public health or safety emergency in regards to land or Membership.”

The Nipissing First Nation hereby declare this amendment in effect as of the date: May 19, 2020.”

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this amendment, please send them in writing to Cathy McLeod, Land Manager, 36 Semo Road, Garden Village, ON  or by email to

Click here to download the Notice of Amendment to the Enactment Process