Alternate Health Announces Cannabis Production Partnership With California Native American Band

CANADA: Alternate Health has entered into a 30 year joint venture agreement with the Alturas Native Band to support the development, production, research and extraction of CBD’s used to create medicinal products in this state-of-the-art cannabis production facility. According to a company news release, the cannabis produced at this facility will be extracted on-site to create highly valuable cannabidiol for use in producing exclusive products that utilize Alternate Health’s patented delivery systems.

Currently, Alturas is operating a 25,000 square foot indoor cannabis grow facility and the joint venture will use its production to develop cannabis related medicine for testing and ultimately selling in California and potentially worldwide.

On December 11, 2014, the US Justice Department held over that Native Americans can grow and sell cannabis on Native reserve lands in accordance with state laws.  The joint venture plans to operate a state compliant production, extraction and manufacturing facility using its patented delivery system for CBD related medicine in the state of California.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the Alturas Band,” said Jim Griffiths, CFO for Alternate Health.  “We will bring our expertise in extractions and medicinal products to create a strong, stable and federally legal cannabis production operation in the state of California.  We believe this relationship strongly positions Alternate Health for success in the this market.”

The facility, a 12 acre compound, will allow Alternate Health to manufacture substantial volume of sublingual, dissolvable pills and patches that can then be distributed to the many state compliant collectives and medical entities.

Alternate Health expects to close the joint venture transaction in early February, 2017 and commence business in the spring of 2017. Alternate Health will receive 45% of the proceeds and the Alturas Native Band will receive 55% (In accordance with typical sovereign rights contracts).

South Dakota Tribe To Open Nation’s First Marijuana Resort

SOUTH DAKOTA:  The Santee Sioux tribe has proven its business acumen, running a casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.

Now the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation.

The experiment could offer a money-making model for other tribes seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.

Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow the pot and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service and, eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue.

“We want it to be an adult playground,” said tribal President Anthony Reider. “There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this.”

Will Selling Marijuana Really Help Indian Tribes Prosper?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Justice Department is attempting to solve a problem that almost no one knew about with a solution that almost no one asked for. The results — so far, confusion and uncertainty — have been entirely predictable.

The department announced this month that it would permit marijuana legalization on 300 or so Indian reservations in 30 states. The decision has perplexed American Indian leaders, who say that the last thing many tribes want is more lax federal law enforcement.

Whatever one may think of legalizing marijuana — and there are plenty of causes for concern, especially regarding its health effects — the way to do it is not to let Attorney General Eric Holder simply pick and choose which federal drug laws he will enforce. Yes, prosecutors have discretion, and it may make sense to use it when a state’s voters decide to legalize pot. It makes less sense when local officials not only haven’t asked, but also rely on the federal government for law enforcement, as is the case with Indian reservations.

It’s not a matter of autonomy — tribal rights are protected by treaty — so much as public health. American Indians have rates of alcohol dependency well above the national average. Ditto for tobacco and illegal drug use. Mortality rates, too. Keep in mind that regular marijuana use causes respiratory problems and impairments in thinking and memory (especially in young people), and that for many it leads to addiction.


How Legalizing Marijuana On Indian Reservations Could End The Prohibition On Pot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: This week, the Department of Justice announced that it would let Native American tribes grow or sell marijuana on their reservations, even in states where the drug is still illegal. The decision opens the door to pockets of legal marijuana throughout the country, in addition to the growing number of states that have legalized pot or are considering doing so.

There are more than 300 reservations in some 30 states. (Here’s a map.) If a good portion of those tribal governments choose to grow and sell marijuana on their land, then large swaths of the country will have access to legal pot.

It becomes harder and harder for the federal government to list marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug — considered the most addictive and dangerous and as bad as heroin — if millions of Americans can buy it at the local pot shop or drive to a nearby reservation for their weed.

In some parts of the country it could be easier to legally buy pot than get an abortion. (Oklahoma and North Dakota, for example.)


Native Americans Considering Marijuana Sales

NEW YORK:  New York-area tribes are hashing out whether to grow and sell marijuana on their reservations after a Justice Department announcement that it won’t ban weed on Indian soil.

Officials at the Seneca Nation said they’re open to going into the pot business, but don’t want their land marketed as a stoner’s playground.

“We will take a very good close look at this and if we get engaged at all, we will do it in a responsible way,” the tribe’s legal counsel, Mark Seneca, told The Post.

Native Americans Resist Cannabis In Washington

WASHINGTON: The burgeoning marijuana industry in Washington will find no allies in The Yakama Nation tribe of Native Americans.

According to a report by Reuters earlier this week: The roughly 10,000-member Yakama Nation has already asserted sovereignty to keep cannabis outlawed on 1.2 million acres of reservation land it controls in central Washington’s Yakima Valley.

In addition, the Yakama are also seeking to prevent pot cultivation and sales from a 10.8 million acre stretch of the state it ceded under an 1855 treaty with the U.S. government, but where the tribe still holds hunting, food-gathering and fishing rights.