Seven Leaf becomes licensed medical marijuana producer

Nick Seebruch
Seven Leaf becomes licensed medical marijuana producer
Seven Leaf president Lewis Mitchell in a growing room at the firm’s production facility on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory on Cornwall Island

AKWESASNE, Ontario – Seven Leaf announced on Thursday, Sept. 27 that it had become the first Indigenous grower of medical cannabis to be licensed by Health Canada.

“Seven Leaf has the potential to create a new economy on Akwesasne which in turn will impact the broader Akwesasne economy with new jobs and contracting opportunities,” said Seven Leaf President Lewis Mitchell.

In a statement on their website, Seven Leaf announced a plan for rapid growth, with the goal of tripling the size of their production facility on Cornwall Island by the Fall of 2019. When operating at full capacity, Seven Leaf aims to employ 75 people with the next phase of hiring beginning in six months.

“The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne shares in the celebration of the licensing of Seven Leaf. We look forward to the positive contribution Seven Leaf will have on Akwesasne’s economy and look forward to advancing our working relationship with Health Canada to ensure our common objectives are achieved,” said Abram Benedict, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

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