Feds Allow Tribes On Reservations To Grow Cannabis

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  1. ZenKarma

    ZenKarma Tralfamadorean Staff Member Super Moderator

    Great news for the Indigenous peoples of the USA...the Department of Justice ruled this year that they are allowed to grow and sell cannabis, if the state their reservation is located within allows it.
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    The U.S. Department of Justice is addressing Indian tribes' request for guidance on the growing and selling of marijuana on Indian land after multiple states have moved to legalize the plant's use in recent years. According to a memorandum, the DOJ issued a policy statement on the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act saying tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions set for states that have legalized it.

    However, some tribal leaders are reluctant to embrace the new policy. Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon stated the following:"We have an alcohol- and drug-free policy at work. It would just not be something we would be looking for into the future."
    Imagine the brand names that could come from this, and perhaps those Indian statues once found being used for advertising purposes will come back in style?

    Now when will they allow the rest of us to do the same? Everywhere? When?!

    You can read more about this in depth at the following link:
    http://www.msnewsnow...-sell-marijuana

    Click here to view the article
     
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  2. The Walking Dickhead

    The Walking Dickhead orbiter of helion

    Does this mean you'll be able to smoke a joint at your local casino if you live in America now?
     
  3. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Unlikely. The few states allowing have some serious limitations, and several tribes will still say no.
    Some tribes actively harass growers, such as the Yurok, deep in the emerald triangle.

    Add to that the fact that some tribes' casinos are not actually on their land, just run under their auspices, and it's a recipe for long, slow court cases.

    Take Colorado as an example. State level legal recreational marijuana. Two reservations in the far southwest of the state. Almost abutting other tribes. It's desert, in the rainfall sense, but not a Saharan sort of desert. I doubt the Tribes would support a pot shop simply because their land is rocked with drug and alcohol problems already, on and off Rez.

    Huh. If Rosebud and Pine Ridge were to get state-exclusive grow and sales rights (not likely given they are in South Dakot) they could build an industry that would pull most of the Rez out of poverty. It's central to a lot of the country, surrounded by non pot states.
     
  4. Scratched

    Scratched Member

    If an American citizen, for example has Indian heritage, say...four generations back, would I qualify as an Indian, thus getting to go legal? hehe
     
  5. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Super Moderator

    Enrolled, living on the Rez, yeah, maybe. If your tribe decided to go for it.
     
  6. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    I must say it is very surprising to me that all Native Americans on the rez are not embracing the idea of growing and selling marijuana. I am aware of the constant struggle they have against alcohol and drug abuse.

    However, I didn't see weed sales as being something they would associate with their problems...since it is a plant and actually nothing is required to do to this plant to "use" it...plant it, pick/harvest it, use it - smoking or make edibles. Plus they would or could make money!

    With alcohol and all other drugs there must be some processing in order to use it.

    Like I said, I'm very surprised.
     
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  7. rollingalong

    rollingalong young at heart Lifetime Supporter HipForums Supporter

    live 50k from Mohawk territory...they have the best dispensary around...the elders had to ok first though

    legacy420....look it up :)....I am heading there in about 3 hours...they open at 8am :)
     
  8. Asmodean

    Asmodean Slo motion rider

    Pass the peacepipe!
     
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  9. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    I am going to admit that it certainly seems everything is better or more progressive in Canada. Maybe being surrounded by freezing cold and snow so much of the year has something to do with it (probably not :D )...but for whatever reason, Canada seems to have it much much better than down here in the states. People get along better, no diaper wearing liars for your PM.

    Even the rez(es) up there aren't bickering about weed.

    good grief I would think this would be ONE thing they could all agree on here in the states...looks like I was wrong, once again. smh
     
  10. rollingalong

    rollingalong young at heart Lifetime Supporter HipForums Supporter

    just returned...noticed a second dispensary sign which I will check out next time....I asked buddy at the store and he said they are a competing store...not affiliated

    today they had at least 15 strains....all in jars for checking out and they just installed an industrial style magnifying glass on the counter for close-ups...they sell other things too like oils and edibles and several kinds of hash....I never get the concentrates though....out of my pay grade :)
     
  11. rollingalong

    rollingalong young at heart Lifetime Supporter HipForums Supporter

    I was on the 745 am ferry to here.....the dude talking served me this morning....when you see the counter you may start crying.

    .or ...you may book a plane ticket :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F-Swav7I_k
     
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  12. Lynnbrown

    Lynnbrown Firecracker

    ^^^^ :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:


    Why in the world can't the US have a speck of common sense across the board, from coast to coast???!!!

    Oh! Wait a minute! that's right - there is this group called the bible thumpers that feels EVERYTHING is wrong, including drinking wine, which just happened to be Jesus's 1st miracle.

    Now I'm going to cry some more...or not...I'm going to make some decarboxylated, soy lecithin enhanced weed firecrackers.

    I still feel bad for the ENORMOUS good weed does and how it helps so very many different medical (and emotional) problems, despite how it is demonized here in the bible belt. smh We don't just have the nut-case bible thumpers; but, also Big Pharma to thank for making it so very very difficult to legalize a plant.
     
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  13. Weed gives me anxiety, if I smoke at a party I end up drinking to much cause I am now using the alcohol to try and shut down the weed feeling.

    I think Marijuana use will go down after further legalization, teens are always looking for rebellious things to do. Hey do you want to smoke some illegal marijuana ? Yes, screw the system ! Lets smoke and be bad asses ! Just try and tell me I am not allowed.

    Hey do you want to smoke some of this hemp I just bought legally at the store as easily a stick of butter ? No, not right now maybe later.

    I bet usage goes down.
     
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  14. themnax

    themnax Senior Member

    in theory at least, feds have no legitimate authority there to stop them.
     
  15. neoprene_queen

    neoprene_queen Rebel Grrrl

    What if they want to put a pipeline right through a marijuana field?
     
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  16. morrow

    morrow Free as a bird

    Tsk!
     
  17. Scratched

    Scratched Member

    Like someone mentioned, why doesn't the US do more about this?

    Politics, my friend...damn politics.
    In my state, 58% were in favor of legalization. According to what I've read, Indiana is projected to be the second to the last state to possibly legalize.
    It's not Bible Thumpers, its Politics.
    Yes we have our share of bible thumpers. And among them is some of our share of potheads too. Don't be fooled...
    We've got states all around us, showing interest in legalization.

    BTW, that pipeline comes out of Canada, so it may well be passing through marijuana fields. Our Congress needs an animal prod, to wake them up and do their job. 28% of our oil comes from the middle east. Majority is from Canada. I say we get the hell out and let those five crazy bastard militant groups kill each other, and not trade with them. Fuck their oil.
     
  18. samuraijack

    samuraijack Member

    isnt weed legal in america everywhere
     
  19. happydude_60

    happydude_60 Senior Member

    Not yet, but it will be.
     
  20. Friar Turk

    Friar Turk Dankin' and Tankin'

    yes. but what about the king john bible?!!?
     

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