Media Stories

The following are media stories about Medicine Wheel Natural Healing.

Medicine Wheel in the Age of Covid: an Interview with Rob Stevenson

When the pandemic started, Alderville First Nation was entirely shut down, and all stores on the territory were completely closed for three months. With the store shuttered, Medicine Wheel had to lay off about 40 employees. All staff members were paid two weeks’ wages, and because the staff were all on payroll, they were eligible for COVID-19 financial support.

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Cannabis is an Aboriginal Right: “Speak From the Heart – and Don’t Give Up!”

On March 4th, 2021, Chief Del Riley, the former President of the National Indian Brotherhood, and a co-author and negotiator of Sections 25 and 35 of the Canadian Constitution, visited Alderville First Nation. Chief Riley was there to tour Medicine Wheel Natural Healing – the first dispensary to open in Alderville – and to see first hand the state of the art cannabis testing and extraction facilities of Red Feather Laboratories.

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Medicine Wheel Natural Healing Trains Staff For Medical Emergencies

The Medicine Wheel Natural Healing manager Krista Mattson, Owner Rob Stevenson and Northumberland First Response Medical Training owner Ken Jansen with medical equipment including AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) along with Nalaxone kit for anyone suffering from an overdose along with a epi-pen for people having an allergic reaction.

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‘Degrading and deplorable’: Ontario Slammed Over Cannabis License Lottery for First Nations

“This is divisive. In no way shape or form does it promote our First Nations working together. It’s saying, ‘Here are eight licenses. There are 133 First Nations in Ontario. You fight over it,’” Day told Yahoo Finance Canada. “It’s a degrading and deplorable tactic that we have seen time and time again. The provincial government will realize very quickly that we’re not going to take the bait.”

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Medicine Wheel Expands in New Era of Cannabis Legalization

From the start, Medicine Wheel focussed on high-quality medicinal products provided by a knowledgeable and highly informed staff. Expecting his clientele to be predominantly younger enthusiasts of the “cannabis culture” type, manager Brent Morrison remembers being shocked on opening day. “The people who were coming into the store defied the cannabis stereotype,” Morrison remembers. “Our average clients are in their mid 50s and looking for a safe and reliable source of cannabis to treat their illnesses.”

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On ‘Green Mile,’ First Nations Offer Glimpse Into Pot’s Retail Future

Alderville’s cannabis stores also exemplify the challenge that First Nations businesses face, especially those which seek to pursue a legitimate business in the grey area of selling marijuana. Despite how First Nations communities are governed by federal law, Alderville has forged ahead and sold recreational cannabis ahead of Canada’s Oct. 17 legalization date. The businesses are also selling some forms of the drugs, such as edibles, which aren’t expected to become legal until October 2019.

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