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LEARNING ABOUT THE INDIGENOUS RELATIONSHIP TO CANNABIS​

This page contains information about healing with cannabis, and the Indigenous right to use cannabis as a medicine and trade good. You will learn from Elders like Chief Del Riley about how our constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty rights give us the right to grow and build this industry on our own terms. Our Ailment and Treatment Guide will inform you about how to use cannabis to heal yourself. Our stories on the history of Medicine Wheel chart the growth of our business and the intentions behind it. 

Ailment and Treatment Guide

Learn how to treat over 20 different ailments with cannabis in Medicine Wheel’s Treatment and Ailment Guide. We cover the treatment of ailments such as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, insomnia and more, and recommend specific types of cannabis products that we think will have the best effect in relieving the symptoms of these diseases. This guide has been developed with the help of our staff and patients. We recommend that you consult with your doctor before beginning any course of treatment. 

 

Videos about Medicine Wheel and Indigenous Cannabis

Medicine Wheel Video Video Presentation to the National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference.

This video was created for a national Indigenous conference discussing cannabis and hemp. It shows how Medicine Wheel has used the cannabis industry to revitalize Indigenous culture and benefit Alderville First Nation.

Chief Del Riley and Rob Stevenson in Conversation (Part 1)

Hereditary Crane Clan Chief Del Riley, the former leader of the National Indian Brotherhood who helped to negotiate Sections 25 and 35 of the Canadian Constitution joins Rob Stevenson for a discussion of the Indigenous right to cannabis. 

Chief Del Riley and Rob Stevenson in Conversation (Part 2)

Rob Stevenson and Chief Del Riley continue their discussion of cannabis and Indigenous rights. 

Cannabis Legalization: The National Conversation

In the lead up to the Canadian legalization of cannabis, CBC National organized a town hall meeting with Minister Bill Blair. Rob Stevenson was an invited guest at the forum and presented an Indigenous perspective on the issue. 

Rob Stevenson asks Bill Blair about respecting Indigenous Sovereignty

At a National Indigenous Cannabis and Hemp Conference in Ottawa, Rob Stevenson asks Cabinet Minister responsible for legalizing cannabis, Bill Blair, if he will respect the sovereign Indigenous right to medicine. 

Featured Articles about Medicine Wheel

Medicine Wheel in the Age of Covid-19: An interview with Rob Stevenson (2021)

Medicine Wheel owner Rob Stevenson speaks about how he is adapting to the  challenges and changes his store has faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Cannabis is an Aboriginal Right: “Speak from the Heart – and don’t give up!” (2021)

This article provides an overview of Rob Stevenson’s meeting with Hereditary Crane Clan Chief Del Riley who was the  former leader of the National Indian Brotherhood and negotiated Sections 25 and 35 of the Canadian Constitution.

Politicians and bureaucrats get an earful at Indigenous Cannabis Conference (2019)

While Government officials offered tone deaf presentations about all the complex regulatory restrictions that they made up without consulting Indigenous people, conference goers – including Rob Stevenson – pushed back.

Is Cannabis an Aboriginal Right?

A groundbreaking 2014 ruling by Ontario Justice Gethin Edwards may point the way to Indigenous medicine claiming cannabis as an “Aboriginal right.”

Medicine Wheel expands in a new era of cannabis legalization

Medicine Wheel’s rise has been a case study in the potential and energy of Indigenous entrepreneurship when matched with the dynamic possibilities of the cannabis industry.

 

“This is the Future” – Medicine Wheel Natural Healing (2017)

Stevenson wants everything in his business to be above ground and legitimate. Surrounded by a great group of highly motivated and talented employees from his community, Stevenson is hoping to create a model that other indigenous people can use in their medical cannabis efforts.

 
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