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 on reservations after the federal Department of Justice released a memo Dec. 11 in response to some tribes requesting guidance on the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act on tribal lands by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices.
“It came seemingly out of nowhere, the federal government says Indians can go ahead and grow marijuana,” said Michael Meuers, the Red Lake Band’s public relations representative. “Most tribes across the country are looking at this.”