Tribe, Sheriff Disagree On Marijuana Project

CALIFORNIA:  “There are ninety nine things we agree on, and just one thing we disagree about.”

So states Mike Canales, President of the Business Board of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation, referring to a meeting he had today with Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman regarding the number of marijuana plants the tribe can legally place on their sovereign lands.

Heads have been turning and phones have been ringing all weekend, as casual passers-by, cannabis farmers and concerned citizens attempted to discern what they were seeing on a two-acre parcel visible from US 101, just north of Ukiah.

Those in the know identified the pallets of soil, the circular fabric “pots” and the irrigation lines as a burgeoning cannabis growing operation. But what was to be a 200-plant project situated on tribal lands has now been curtailed to two contiguous “grows” situated on adjacent parcels- one consisting of 25 plants and one strategically containing 26 plants.

B.C. First Nation Considers Growing Medical Marijuana On Its Reserve

CANADA:  When Elaine Alec started door knocking in her First Nation community to ask families and respected elders if they would approve of an on-reserve medical marijuana grow-op, she braced herself for the worst.

“My first line was: ‘So … What do you think of medical marijuana?'” said Alec, a planning and community engagement specialist with the Penticton Indian Band in British Columbia’s Interior.

“I was completely surprised that people would get a look of thought on their faces and were thinking about it. They would say, ‘I think that’s a good idea.'”

Now, the band’s proposal to build a medical pot facility is moving forward with substantial community support as the First Nation looks at growing a cannabis strain that caters specifically to health conditions afflicting indigenous populations.

Northwest Tribes Oppose Marijuana Legalization

WASHINGTON:  An organization representing 57 Northwest Indian tribes has announced its opposition to marijuana legalization, specifically in Alaska and Oregon.

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announced a partnership Tuesday with the Smart Approaches to Marijuana project, which supports a treatment, health-first marijuana policy.

The tribal group says it supports efforts to reduce marijuana use, especially among young people.

The group represents tribes in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Alaska and Northern California.