“It really completes the business model we set out to accomplish:” All Cannabis CEO Darwin Douglas
JENNIFER FEINBERG -Nov. 2, 2022
All Nations Cannabis celebrated a soft opening Wednesday on Shxwhá:y Village as the first “farm-gate” cannabis retail store in the Lower Mainland.
It’s unique as a cannabis retail store located on Indigenous land with a 30,000 square-foot licensed production facility just down the road.
“This is a huge accomplishment and this is a momentous day,” said All Nations CEO Darwin Douglas.
All Nations Cannabis can now legally distribute its cannabis products under All Nations Mestiyexw Holdings, a holding company, as partners with Shxwhá:y Village (Skway First Nation), stemming from a provincial licensing agreement made directly with the First Nation on a “government to government” basis.
“The work that we’re doing here to create a business, and an economic base,” took a combination of efforts, Douglas said, from the people of Shxwhá:y, and other Indigenous communities, to their friends, staff, and those who worked together with them to reach this point.
“It really completes the business model we set out to accomplish.”
All Nations Cannabis, at 9433 Schweyey Road, had its licensing approved in July 2022 under Section 119 of the B.C. Cannabis Control and Licensing Act. It is one of six such Indigenous-led licences in the province.
“There’s a lot of people that actually made this happen. It took a lot of work on their part,” said Michelle Roberts, councillor at Shxwhá:y Village.
Patience was key.
“Even though three years sounds like a long time, what they accomplished in those three years is amazing. We’re here today to celebrate that. We’re just really proud of Shxwhá:y Village and All Nations for all their encouragement.”
The All Nations licensed production facility, FN Canna Cultivation and Production, is a sister company, that is less than a minute away on Schwehey Road near Chilliwack, producing strains like “Peanut Butter Breath” or “Modified Grapes” as well as “Mac Daddy” and “Stólō Haze.”
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