On-reserve shops essentially rob Canadians of millions of dollars annually in lost tax revenues from legally purchased cigarettes (the price of which is 70% tax) and legally acquired cannabis products.
THC-laced edibles, from cookies to gummies – which are not yet legal in Canada – are found at virtually every pot shop on Tyendinaga.
In fact, you can buy online and never step foot on Tyendinaga. A kilo of red Lebanese hashish, for example, can be bought online for $8,000 and delivered to your door by Canada Post, a Crown corporation.
How many laws are being broken just by Canada Post being a mule?
“The Cannabis Act explicitly prohibits the illegal production and sale of cannabis, (and) it includes serious penalties and significant fines that law enforcement can use to curtail illegal activity,” she wrote.
So, who enforces these laws?
Enforcement is up to the police of jurisdiction,” wrote Cadieux. “In this case, it is the Ontario Provincial Police.”
That, however, is almost laughable.
The OPP has learned bitter lessons from watching the Oka crisis, as well as their own worst-case scenarios in Ipperwash and Caledonia.
They will not step foot on a reserve to shut down a pot shop, not even if there are at least 36 on a small reserve like Tyendinaga, Pop: 4,297.
Reserves are now essentially a law enforcement no-go zone.
Not one has ever been raided.