Warm Springs Tribes Approve Marijuana Sales In Historic Vote

OREGON: Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs said yes to growing, processing and selling marijuana on the recreational market in a historic vote Thursday that drew record turnout, tribal officials said.

The referendum passed with 86 percent approval, said Don Sampson, CEO of Warm Springs Ventures, the tribes’ economic development corporation, the group behind the proposal.

Sampson said Friday that the election drew about 1,400 voters who “turned out even in a winter storm.” Voter turnout among younger tribal members was especially strong.

Sampson called the vote “democracy in action” and said the tribes’ marijuana enterprise will being “much needed jobs and revenue to the Warm Springs people.”

Flandreau Sioux Put Marijuana Resort On Hold

SOUTH DAKOTA: The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and distributing facilities and is destroying its existing crop as leaders seek clarification on regulations from the federal government, according to the tribe’s lawyer.

Seth Pearman said the suspension is pivotal to the continued success of the marijuana venture and that tribal leadership is confident that after getting clarification from theU.S. Department of Justice, “it will be better suited to succeed.”

“The tribe will continue to consult with the federal and state government and hopes to be granted parity with states that have legalized marijuana,” Pearman said in the news release.