Tk’emlups te Secwepemc wants a seat at the table when it comes to cannabis revenue-sharing.
The province has not yet made clear what, if any cut, municipalities and First Nations will get from cannabis taxation. The federal government has set the provincial share at 75 per cent. Municipalities have been advocating for half of that cut.
Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir told KTW the band is also advocating for a share of the money and she reached out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he visited Kamloops in January.
“We just want to be included in that fiscal relationship, which includes that area, taxation, and just like any other government, we want something that’s efficient, sustainable,” Casimir said.
Casimir said the band worked alongside the city in drafting cannabis regulations. The band has a cannabis bylaw in place and some applications have come forward and been approved for stores on the reserve, though an exact number is not known.
Additionally, she said there has been interest in growing cannabis on reserve land — an issue that will raised at future Tk’emlups council meetings, Casimir said.
“There’s been interest. There’s been request for permits,” she said. “Where they’re at at this time, I’m not sure.”