Monday, June 15, 2015

Santee Sioux Nation vote for legal cannabis

The Santee Sioux Tribe is approaching the cannabis on-ramp after after voting to take another step. The economic development potential is nearly limitless for the small tribal nation already operating a casino on ground they own just outside the eastern South Dakota community of Flandreau.
The ordinance approves marijuana consumption only inside of a single facility that has yet to be determined. Members of the executive committee describe the proposed facility to function similarly to a bar. Tribe officials said that marijuana will not be allowed to leave that location. [KELO teevee]
The tribe recently severed its relationship with the community's police department.
The initial agreement, back in 2000, aimed to consolidate resources, law enforcement services and train officers to deal respectfully and responsibly with all citizens, Native and non-Native. And, it has accomplished many of those goals over the years. But both city and tribal officials agree an ongoing lack of good communication probably led to a breakdown in the partnership. City officials.. and tribal officials would all argue they've tried to communicate. There are simply differences of opinion and quite honestly, laws and goals when it comes to tribal entities versus non-tribal. [KSFY teevee]
The Moody County Enterprise has a story linked here.

A former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is a tribal liaison for a cannabis development firm.
Tex Hall, the former chairman of the oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes, and Robert Shepherd, former chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota, are trying to recruit and assist tribes in producing high-grade marijuana products. [Associated Press]
US tribes are considered the 51st State by federal agencies including the Department of the Interior.

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