Monster Pot Raid on Tribal Territory in Modoc County; Feds Allege Connection With Canadian Tobacco Giant

CALIFORNIA:  A federal search warrant executed on a tribal grow op in Modoc County this morning alleges that a tiny northern California tribe today has partnered up with an executive of a huge Canadian tobacco concern to produce marijuana on a massive scale.

Officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration raided two sites on tribal land this morning — one of them a former “event center” for the five-member Alturas Rancheria, next to the tribe’s casino, and another a huge growing facility approximately eight miles east of the town of Alturas and immediately off Interstate 395. A press release — reprinted below — reports that agents discovered at least 10,000 growing marijuana plants and 100 pounds of processed bud during this morning’s raid.

None of that would seem like an absolutely huge deal on the Humboldt scale, but before skipping down to the press release it pays to take a look at the details included in the search warrants served today. Those details are absolutely bonkers.

Flandreau Tribe Votes To Legalize Marijuana

SOUTH DAKOTA:  A South Dakota tribe has voted to grow and sell marijuana as soon as Fall 2015.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee voted 5-1 Thursday to legalize the growing and use of marijuana on tribal land. Trustee Roxee Johnson was the sole opposition to the ordinance.

The marijuana control ordinance will establish a facility where marijuana will be grown. Another location will offer marijuana for recreational use.

The ordinance approves marijuana consumption only inside of a single facility that has yet to be determined. Officials describe the proposed facility to function similarly to a bar. Tribe officials said that marijuana will not be allowed to leave that location.

 

Medical Marijuana News: CEO Fuels First ‘Indian Nations’ Weed Biz

CALIFORNIA:  If medical marijuana is outlawed in your state, you might want to try and figure out how close you are to a Native American reservation. Native Americans throughout the United States have started to make plans to be major medical marijuana industry leaders in 2015. The plans for Native American tribes to become major players in the medical marijuana industry took form after a non-enforcement statement was released to public by the Department of Justice in early December, 2014.

Could this bring medical marijuana users closer together than the new dating app for cannabis users? One of the main highlights about Native Americans gaining the right to grow and sell marijuana is that it increases availability for people living in non-medical marijuana states.

The original statement from the Department of Justice calls Native Americans “Indians,” and calls Native American reservations “Indian Country.” In regards to regulating federal laws about medical marijuana in “Indian Country,” the Department of Justice said their first priority for enforcement would be keeping minors from consuming marijuana.