Lawmakers Want To Work With Tribes On Regulations For Legal Pot

WASHINGTON:  Now that tribes can legalize marijuana on their reservations, some lawmakers want to allow the state to set up agreements with tribes to address potential issues, such as law enforcement and ways licensed marijuana businesses could operate across reservation borders.

A bill with bipartisan support would give the governor the authority to negotiate legal agreements, known as compacts, similar to those now used for gambling and gasoline taxes.

While some tribes are eager to legalize marijuana and perhaps pursue it as an economic opportunity, others, including the Yakama Nation, remain strongly opposed to the drug. 

After the state legalized marijuana, the Yakama Nation announced that it would not allow possession, sale or production on the Yakamas’ 1.2 million-acre reservation.