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Feds Allow Tribes On Reservations To Grow Cannabis

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#1 HipChris


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Posted October 28 2016 - 11:19 AM

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.leaf For Hip

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?!

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Posted October 28 2016 - 11:36 AM

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

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Posted October 28 2016 - 12:18 PM

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.
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