American Indian tribes that say they have been cut out of California’s legal marijuana market have raised the possibility of going their own way by establishing pot businesses outside the state-regulated system that is less than two months old.
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“This is going to be bigger than bingo,” James Billie told CNN over the summer. A former chief of the Seminole, whose company MCW gives financing and legal counsel to American Indian tribes to help them grow and sell marijuana on their land, Billie could barely contain his excitement.
According to the Associated Press, members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have voted to approve a project to construct a marijuana cultivation facility on their reservation in Oregon.
At 4:20 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2015, the Squaxin Island Tribe opened its retail marijuana store, “Elevation.” The shop is reportedly the first tribal recreational marijuana store to operate under a compact with Washington state.
This past June, the Flandreau Santee Sioux legalized the possession, consumption, cultivation and distribution of marijuana. This is in preparation for the tribe’s yearlong project of building the first-ever marijuana resort on a reservation.
Tex “Red-Tipped Arrow” Hall, a former Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, could be spearheading a movement to establish cannabis businesses among Native American tribes.
SEATTLE, June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Native American Indian Tribes will benefit from a new national company which will partner and assist in producing high grade marijuana products.
It seems like the key to moving forward with this is to do it very deliberately, like with the bill that was just passed in Washington. This bill opens up a process for Native American tribes to work hand in hand with the state of Washington regarding the sale and distribution of marijuana.
Democratic Rep. Melissa Sargent introduced a new bill this week that would put Wisconsin alongside Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington as a state that has legalized adult-use marijuana.
On April 3, 2015, the Washington state Senate approved a measure that would replace the current three-tiered excise tax on cannabis with a single 37 percent tax to be paid on retail sales.
Tribal leaders from all over the United States attended the first ever Tribal Marijuana Conference in Seattle on February 27, 2015, to discuss the possibilities of commercial marijuana.
In December 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice released a legal memorandum which announced the adoption of a new policy that affects Native American tribes, considered sovereign nations by the government.
With recent support of recreational and medicinal marijuana use sweeping the states, First Nation communities are exploring the economical advantages and social implications of growing cannabis.