Raid On Tribal Marijuana Farms Underscores Uncertainty Over Pot Laws

Mendocino County sheriff's deputies raid the Pinoleville tribe's marijuana-growing operation near Ukiah on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

CALIFORNIA: Native American tribes’ efforts to cash in on California’s “green rush” by launching large-scale marijuana growing operations appear to have been premature and ill-advised if recent law enforcement raids on tribal lands are any indication. Pot raids conducted on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s Rancheria north of Ukiah this week and on the Pit River and Read the full article…

Squaxin, Suquamish Tribes Working On Plans To Sell Marijuana

A hands-off federal policy on pot sales in Indian Country, announced in December by the Obama administration, has generated a lot of interest but few takers so far.

WASHINGTON: A building nearing completion across the street from Little Creek Casino and Resort is a bet that marijuana will be the next booming business on Indian reservations. If all goes as planned, the site between Shelton and Olympia will be a store where the Squaxin Island Tribe will sell the drug. A hands-off federal policy Read the full article…

Why American Indian Tribes Are Getting Into the Marijuana Business

The Flandreau Santee Sioux plans to open a first-of-its-kind pot lounge by the end of the year.

SOUTH DAKOTA:  This New Year’s Eve, Tony Reider wants to throw a party unlike any his South Dakota tribe has seen. There will be live music, food, outdoor games—and, floating over the revelry, a haze of marijuana smoke, from a first-of-its-kind pot lounge that is set to open by the end of the year, said Read the full article…

Will Casino Country Become Cannabis Country?

Homeowners in a Vancouver Island community are raising a stink about a medical marijuana grow operation they say is driving down their property values.

WASHINGTON:  Last December the Justice Department gave a yellow light to marijuana legalization on tribal land, saying it would treat reservations like states in deciding how to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. Two months later, the very first Tribal Marijuana Conference, held at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington, attracted about 250 people, including representatives from 75 or so Read the full article…

Tribal Marijuana Conference: ‘A 10-Year Window For Tribes To Capitalize’

The Flandreau Santee Sioux plans to open a first-of-its-kind pot lounge by the end of the year.

WASHINGTON:  On Saturday, February 28 some 75 tribal leaders from across the country met to discuss forming the first “Tribal Cannabis Association” at the Tulalip Resort Casino on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington State. This followed a packed day on February 27 of “Tribal Marijuana Conference” presentations and panels with speakers as diverse as former Read the full article…

Lawmakers Want To Work With Tribes On Regulations For Legal Pot

Now that tribes can legalize marijuana on their reservations, some lawmakers want to allow the state to set up agreements with tribes to address potential issues.

WASHINGTON:  Now that tribes can legalize marijuana on their reservations, some lawmakers want to allow the state to set up agreements with tribes to address potential issues, such as law enforcement and ways licensed marijuana businesses could operate across reservation borders. A bill with bipartisan support would give the governor the authority to negotiate legal Read the full article…

Seneca Lawyer Sponsors Conference To Tap Into Legal Marijuana Sales

A former president of the Seneca Nation of Indians is sponsoring a national conference for Indian tribes that hope to someday cash in on legalized marijuana business opportunities.

WASHINGTON:  Now that the federal government says it no longer will prosecute marijuana sales on Indian lands as long as tribes take steps to control the sales, some tribes are contemplating how to cash in on the marijuana business. That is why a former president of the Seneca Nation of Indians is sponsoring a national Read the full article…

American Indian Tribes To Discuss Legal Pot At Conference

Six Congressional Republicans and six Democrat co-sponsors re-introduced a bill today that would end the federal war on pot in states that had legalized it,

WASHINGTON:  American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former president of Seneca Nation in New York, says there’s been a lot of discussion among tribes since the Justice Department announced in Read the full article…

Tribe To Look At Medicinal Marijuana, Hemp

I-502 brought major changes to cannabis in Washington, but those have come about from regulating a system that was never regulated in the first place.

MINNESOTA:  The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council unanimously approved this week a study on how medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp could benefit the Red Lake Nation’s economic development. However, serious doubts were raised about growing or use of recreational marijuana. Many American Indian tribes began discussing the potential of marijuana and hemp Read the full article…