Tribe To Look At Medicinal Marijuana, Hemp

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.”

Is Marijuana Finally Getting Federally De-Scheduled?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  44 years ago Marijuana was cast into the premiere scheduling of substances via the Controlled Substance Act – the photo and caption above indicates that Nixon personally ignored the recommendation of his own federally commissioned report to decriminalize marijuana.

As of October 29th, 2014 – The first potential actualization on the federal rescheduling of marijuana is finally happening.

A criminal case has eventually led to a US Judge granting a 3-day hearing to review and challenge the Schedule 1 status of marijuana.

A quote from below summarizes the importance of this 3-day hearing:

“It’s earth-shattering to even have this hearing,” says Adam Levine, adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. “The fact that the judge is willing to hear this case means she is willing to question if the DEA’s original classification is constitutional.” He puts the chances of such a finding at “better than even.”