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Cannabis Trial of the Year Opens in Flandreau, South Dakota

On Friday morning, South Dakota prosecutors are expected to offer their opening arguments in a long-awaited trial against Eric Hagen, president and CEO of the Colorado cannabis consultancy Monarch America.

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5/22/2017

article Santee Sioux Trial, Day Two: Ex-Partner Denies Hagen’s Guilt
(South Dakota) -- Cannabis consultant Eric Hagen came face-to-face with his former business partner in court on Monday as the prosecution wrapped its case against the...

5/20/2017

article Lawyer on Flandreau marijuana: 'This was as well known as could possibly be'
(South Dakota) -- An assistant attorney general on Friday told a jury that a man charged with helping the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe grow marijuana was responsible and...
article No ‘Conspiracy’ in Tribe’s Attempted Pot Resort
(South Dakota) -- There was no “conspiracy” involved in a Colorado consultant’s work with a South Dakota tribe in an attempted marijuana grow facility...

5/18/2017

article Cannabis Trial of the Year Opens in Flandreau, South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- On Friday morning, South Dakota prosecutors are expected to offer their opening arguments in a long-awaited trial against Eric Hagen, president and CEO...

5/17/2017

article Native American tribe’s cannabis consultant to face trial
(South Dakota) -- Roughly two years after an American Indian tribe began an ambitious push to open the nation’s first marijuana resort in South Dakota, a...
article SD tribe's pot resort consultant headed to trial on state drug charges
(South Dakota) -- Jury selection starts Thursday in the case of Eric Hagen, a consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on its operation about 45 miles...

5/16/2017

article Journalist Freed From Testifying in Pot Resort Trial
(South Dakota) -- A journalist who covered an informational session about a proposed “marijuana resort” on an Indian reservation won’t have to testify...
article Reporter won't be called to testify at South Dakota trial
(South Dakota) -- A prosecutor has abandoned a plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the...

5/15/2017

article Argus Leader reporter subpoenaed in tribal marijuana case
(South Dakota) -- Prosecutors plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux...

5/14/2017

article Gaming gone bust, tribe turns to marijuana farming
(California) -- A small Indian tribe in a remote stretch of San Diego County has traded in its failed dream of casino riches for what could be the next big payout:...
article Argus Leader reporter subpoenaed in tribal marijuana case
(South Dakota) -- Prosecutors plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux...

5/12/2017

article Industrial hemp code open for public comment
(Washington) -- A newly proposed amendment to the Colville Tribal Code concerning industrial hemp for commercial purposes has been published and will be opened for a 30-...

5/7/2017

article California Indian Tribe Turns Casino into Marijuana operation; what could go wrong?
(California) -- An Indian tribe near San Diego is turning their indebted casino into a high-tech marijuana operation. The Lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel shut down its...
article Native leaders worry about effects of cannabis legalization
(Quebec) -- Leaders of Canada’s Native communities are concerned about the possible consequences legalizing cannabis will have on their communities. Assembly of...

5/5/2017

article California Indian Tribe Uses Medical Marijuana to Dig Out of Gaming Nightmare
(California) -- Native American tribes all over the country are now looking to the marijuana industry as a way to pull themselves out of the economic hardships.
article California tribe turns to marijuana grow at shuttered San Diego County casino
(California) -- After closing its Santa Ysabel Resort And Casino in February of 2014 due to debts of around $50 million, the Iipay Nation Of Santa Ysabel has reportedly...

5/4/2017

article Gambling gone bust, tribe turns to marijuana farming
(California) -- A small Indian tribe in a remote stretch of San Diego County has traded in its failed dream of casino riches for what could be the next big payout:...

5/3/2017

article California Tribe Leasing Land to Marijuana Growers After Casino Goes to Pot
(California) -- When the relatively tiny Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel in San Diego County lost their casino in February 2014 to bankruptcy, the tiny Native American...
article Some Nevada tribes look to cannabis for economic opportunity
(Nevada) -- Federal guidance contained in the “Cole Memo” and the “Wilkinson Memo” enable the nation’s federally recognized Native American...

5/2/2017

article Gaming gone bust, tribe turns to marijuana farming
(California) -- A small Indian tribe in a remote stretch of San Diego County has traded in its failed dream of casino riches for what could be the next big payout...

5/1/2017

article Quebec chief urges caution as First Nations look to capitalize on pot legalization
(Quebec) -- As several First Nations communities consider entering the recreational cannabis business, one prominent Quebec Indigenous leader is sounding alarm bells....
article DeLeo wants marijuana panel akin to gambling board
(Massachusetts) -- House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo floated the idea Monday of creating a state regulatory body to oversee retail marijuana that would be a combination of a...

4/26/2017

article Indian tribes fear Trump will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business
(Washington) -- When the Yakama Nation announced in 2013 that it had no interest in selling pot, its chairman said the tribe had “a long and unpleasant history...

4/25/2017

article Mashantucket Tribe expresses interest in growing industrial hemp
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is exploring the possibility of growing hemp on its lands in Connecticut, The New London Day reports. The tribe is...
article Medical cannabis company excited to debut at Gathering of Nations​
(New Mexico) -- Ultra Health a licensed medical cannabis developer and dispensary is sponsoring the Gathering of Nations. We sat down with Ultra Health's vice...

4/20/2017

article Marie Zackuse, Tulalip Tribes’ First Chairwoman, Takes Helm During Challenging Time
(Washington) -- Marie Zackuse took office on April 1 as chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors. She’s taking the helm at a challenging time.

4/19/2017

article Program To Combat Crime On Tribal Lands Expands, Federal Grant Funds Tapped For Medical Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced plans to allow more tribal nations to tap into national information systems to fight crime and...
press release National Indian Cannabis Coalition Acknowledges 4/20 Movement
(Washington D.C.) -- Jeff Doctor, Executive Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC), speaks on the official rollout of NICC’s nationwide efforts...

4/15/2017

article Ontario regional chief calls for First Nations consultation on marijuana laws
(Ontario) -- First Nations in Ontario need to be included in discussions about the legalization of marijuana, the Assembly of First Nations Ontario regional chief said...
article OP/ED: A bad trip: Legalizing pot is about race
(Ottawa) -- Since 1908, when the Canadian government passed the Opium Act prohibiting the “importation, manufacture and sale of opium for other than medicinal...

4/14/2017

article First Nations aim to capitalize on economic opportunity of legal pot industry
(Alberta) -- First Nations want to be among those cashing in on what could become a multibillion-dollar industry if the federal government follows through on making...
article First Nations aim to capitalize on economic opportunity of legal pot industry
(Alberta) -- If marijuana becomes a legal recreational drug in Canada, First Nations want to be among those who cash in on what some believe will be a multi-billion...
article Native American Tribes in Nevada Want to Get In On Legal Marijuana
(Nevada) -- Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced SB 375, a bill that would authorize “agreements between the Governor and Indian tribes in this State...
press release Tribal Leaders Cannabis Symposium
(California) -- The Santa Ysabel Tribal Enterprise Consulting group, in collaboration with Native Network Consulting and Emerald Enterprise Inc., will co-host the Tribal...

4/13/2017

article Buzzkill: Medical marijuana cards still required at first post-legalization Cannabis Cup
(California) -- Yes, marijuana is legal in California. But that particular freedom comes with a great deal of regulation. That’s the message coming through this...

4/12/2017

article A dinner, conversation on industrial hemp with author Doug Fine
(Wisconsin) -- Industrial hemp expert and farmer Doug Fine is celebrating Earth Week on the Menominee Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin.

4/10/2017

article Could Nevada's tribal lands be the next marijuana frontier?
(Nevada) -- Tribal lands could be the next frontier for the marijuana industry in Nevada. From across the state, tribal leaders appeared at the Nevada Legislature last...

4/7/2017

article Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe considers opening pot businesses
(Washington) -- Officials say a Washington Native American tribe is in talks with the state about beginning marijuana sales on their land. The Kitsap Sun reported Port...

4/6/2017

article Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe eyeing marijuana sales
(Washington) -- The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe is one six Washington tribes seeking agreements with the state this spring to begin marijuana sales, according to a...
press release National Indian Cannabis Coalition Applauds the Inclusion of Indian Country in the “Path to Marijuana Reform” legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC), applauds the inclusion of federally recognized Tribes in the “Path to Marijuana Reform”...

3/30/2017

press release June 9-11 Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States to Address Impacts of Trump Administration, Marijuana in Casinos, Other Key Issues
(Colorado) -- The National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) today released its robust agenda for the June 9-11 Summer Meeting in Denver, and it focuses...

3/28/2017

article Marijuana panel tackles Nevada transition to recreational pot, talks casinos’ role
(Nevada) -- A panel of local figures in Clark County’s gaming, resort, marijuana and retail associations discussed the importance of maintaining Nevada’s...

3/23/2017

article Hopland tribe and cannabis company file claim against county over raid
(California) -- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians and Therafields, Inc. have filed nearly identical claims against Mendocino County, alleging that Mendocino County...

3/21/2017

article 2nd Mendocino County tribe files claim over pot eradication
(California) -- The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Mendocino County for 847 marijuana plants it claims were illegally...

3/15/2017

article Really High Noon in the Nevada Desert
(Las Vegas) -- It had the makings of a duel in the desert, the first clash between the legion of marijuana lovers emboldened by a surge of legalization and a new federal...

3/11/2017

article Nevada senator proposes bill to legalize cannabis clubs and marijuana use at events
(Reno) -- A bill proposed this legislative session aims to bring more tourists to Nevada to use recreational marijuana. "That's what we do. We sell sex. We sell...

3/9/2017

article Much was learned at Tribe’s first cannabis symposium
(Washington) -- By all counts, the first Puyallup Tribal Medical Marijuana Symposium was a great success. Attracting a nice-sized crowd to the EQC Showroom that Saturday...

3/7/2017

article Feds ‘Just Say No’ to Marijuana at High Times Cup on Tribal Lands
(Las Vegas) -- I’ve said it time and again — more state regulation of marijuana is going to lead to fewer and fewer cannabis cups and similar marijuana...

3/6/2017

article US snuffs pot fans’ plans to party on tribal land near Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on an American Indian...

3/5/2017

article Gaming regulators consistent with message to steer clear of pot business
(Las Vegas) -- When Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained how and why the Justice Department would address pot smoking, for both medical and recreational purposes, it...
press release National Indian Cannabis Coalition Says DOJ Challenge to Cannabis Event Could Have Been Avoided
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC), the only tribal advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring tribal entities have the opportunity to...

3/4/2017

article US snuffs pot fans’ plans to party on Indian land near Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A federal prosecutor has snuffed out plans by pot fans to celebrate Nevada’s new recreational marijuana law by lighting up on an Indian reservation...
article Less pot, no federal raids through early hours of marijuana festival on Indian land near Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- A marijuana festival on Indian reservation land that gained national attention earlier this week after a U.S. federal attorney threatened to shut it down...

3/3/2017

article Feds Threaten to Shut Down Marijuana Festival on Tribal Land
(Nevada) -- The marijuana festival known as the Cannabis Cup, scheduled to be held this week on the tribal land known as the Moapa Paiute reservation outside Las Vegas,...

3/2/2017

article Native Cannabis Director: Anti-Pot Talk Is White House Scare Tactic
(Washington D.C.) -- Jeff Doctor, executive director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition, spoke with ICMN recently about announcements by the Trump administration...

2/28/2017

article Federal letter targets Las Vegas area marijuana festival
(Nevada) -- The Cannabis Cup is scheduled on Moapa tribal land this weekend. The cup, which has been hosted in other states before, is a competition for the best of the...
article Tribe hosting marijuana festival near Las Vegas, despite warning from feds
(Nevada) -- The Moapa Paiute Tribe is going ahead with plans to host a marijuana festival near Las Vegas this weekend, despite warnings from the U.S. attorney in Nevada...

2/27/2017

article New Mexico tribe puts up land for $160M medicinal greenhouse
(New Mexico) -- On a patch of tribal land in western New Mexico, a Delaware-based company plans to build a $160 million state-of-the-art greenhouse for researching and...
article Exclusive: Feds threatening to shut down marijuana festival, Cannabis Cup, in Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible...

2/9/2017

article The Native American Iipay Nation Says the Key to Success Is Strict Cannabis Regulation
(California) -- The Iipay tribe, positioned about an hour Northeast of San Diego on the Santa Ysabel Reservation, is pushing for strict transparency in tribal cannabis...

1/28/2017

article VIDEO: Two marijuana retailers opening soon in city that still bans cannabis sales
(Washington) -- Fife, a city that formally bans sales of marijuana within its city limits, will see two pot retailers opening for business soon at the town’s major...
article Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case
(Michigan) -- A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an...

1/27/2017

article Court not swayed by religion in Michigan marijuana case
(Michigan) -- A federal appeals court has found nothing heavenly about a Michigan's man claim to have a religious right to grow pot. The court on Thursday upheld an...

1/20/2017

article Tribal Sovereignty And Native Cannabis
(USA) -- Cannabis on tribal lands has always been a complicated issue. In short, tribes have leeway to legalize cannabis under sovereignty, but sometimes those tribal...

1/10/2017

article Tribe’s request for pot-farm buffer sparks disagreement among supervisors
(California) -- A request by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for a ban on outdoor commercial medical marijuana cultivation within 1,000 feet of tribal lands sparked...

1/8/2017

article Despite loss in Arizona, recreational pot backers upbeat about future
(Arizona) -- Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well...

1/2/2017

article Hawaii Church Loses Marijuana Claim
(Hawaii) -- The U. S. Supreme Court won’t hear a case from a Hawaiian Native American church that is arguing its members should be exempt from federal anti-drug...

12/27/2016

article Gaming regulators: Recreational marijuana won’t be allowed in casinos
(Nevada) -- Recreational pot will be legal for adults 21 and over starting on Sunday, January 1st. But that doesn't mean you'll have free reign to smoke in a...
article Will tribes profit from legal recreational marijuana?
(Nevada) -- Whether Nevada tribal councils will venture into the realm of selling recreational marijuana is up for question. Although many in the tribal communities...

12/26/2016

article Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks Could Be a Bummer for Legal Weed in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- Potheads and medicinal marijuana users alike may be getting some coal in their pipes in the New Year. While President-elect Donald Trump promised to...

12/11/2016

article Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis
(Nevada) -- North of Las Vegas's bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they'...

12/9/2016

article Navajo Looking To Develop Industrial Hemp Farming On Tribal Lands
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Tribe has signed a resolution to grow industrial hemp on tribal lands, another step undermining federal prohibition in effect.

12/3/2016

article Regulators examining impact of legal marijuana on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators in Massachusetts are looking into the possible impact of legalized marijuana on the state’s emerging casino industry.

11/29/2016

article Supreme Court rejects church’s appeal over marijuana laws
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court won’t take up an appeal from a Native American church in Hawaii that wants to be exempt from federal marijuana laws. The...

11/22/2016

article Will smoking marijuana be allowed in Massachusetts casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gambling is legal in Massachusetts. Smoking marijuana will be legal soon, too. But it will not be legal to combine the two. The newly passed...
article Pot farming becoming a big business
(New Mexico) -- Duke Rodriguez brought a three-week-old pot plant to the State Fair, touching off a silly kerfuffle that highlights the absurdity of our current...

11/21/2016

article Will Marijuana Be a Bigger, Better Industry for Native Americans Than Casinos?
(California) -- Native American tribes are looking toward cannabis as their next big industry now that the green rush is here to stay. California company CannaNative is...

11/20/2016

article Critics: Trump’s attorney general nod ‘worst-case scenario’ for marijuana regulation
(Washington D.C.) -- President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, represents a “worst-case scenario” for the...

11/18/2016

article Keep distance from pot industry, Nevada gaming regulators advise licensees
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Gaming Commission will continue to require gaming licensees to maintain distance from the marijuana industry that is expanding in the state and...

11/16/2016

article Paiute tribe close to launching large-scale marijuana operation
(Nevada) -- Marijuana is about to become big business in Nevada, and you might be surprised to find out who's taking advantage. The Paiute Native American tribe in...

11/15/2016

article Gaming And Pot: Nevada Regulators Eye Marijuana Legalization Impact
(Nevada) -- Last week, Nevada voters approved a referendum that will allow recreational marijuana use. What does that mean for casinos in the state? State regulators are...

11/11/2016

article Indigenous Endeavors In The Cannabis Market
(Nevada) -- Native American tribes are often recognized for their success within the casino business and the tobacco industry. Over the past decade, as cannabis has...
article Marijuana Company Prepares to Cross
(Colorado) -- Almost all small-business owners dream of the day when they can expand nationally. This has proved to be a unique challenge for those in the marijuana...

11/9/2016

article Marijuana industry keeps a wary eye on how Trump will respond to pot legalization
(Colorado) -- With the news of Donald Trump’s presidency settling in across Colorado and the nation, some marijuana advocacy groups and industry insiders are...

11/8/2016

article Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state
(California) -- Voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, making California the most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The...

11/7/2016

article No, Las Vegas Is Not Embracing Legal Weed with Open Arms
(Las Vegas) -- If Las Vegas is known for anything, it's for getting away with everything. Liquor is always available, gaming tables are always open, and prostitutes...

11/4/2016

article Pot Gamble
(Oregon) -- In a nondescript, low-slung building on a barren plateau above the village of Warm Springs, a tight band of dreamers imagines a vibrant future for the hard-...

10/31/2016

press release Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium Showcases Indian Country In The Cannabiz
(Washington) -- The Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium is being held Wednesday November 2, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA.  Space is still available...

10/30/2016

article Tribes advised to tread cautiously on marijuana
(California) -- This summer, the Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians — headquartered along the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California — did...

10/28/2016

article The Adelson Endowment: Why a Casino Billionaire Is Propping Up Prohibition
(Las Vegas) -- What’s the deal with Sheldon Adelson’s crusade to continue the war on cannabis? The 83-year-old conservative political donor, ardent...
press release TRIBAL CANNABIS & HEMP SYMPOSIUM: Will Indian Country Become A Leading Player In This Industry?
(Washington) -- Victor-Strategies will host the inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium on November 1-2, 2016, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA. ...

10/27/2016

article Some tribes shun marijuana in face of lucrative deals
(California) -- This summer, the Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians — headquartered along the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California — did...

10/26/2016

article A casino magnate is spending millions to fight legal marijuana in three states
(USA) -- With five states voting on marijuana legalization next month, this is a pivotal year for marijuana policy no matter which way the contests turn out. The results...
article Could The US’s First Industrial Hemp Farms Be On Native American Land?
(Arizona) -- Reuters reports that the Navajo Nation, which holds the largest Native American territory in the US, is in talks to begin producing industrial hemp. Hemp,...
article Marijuana woes: Yolo Supervisors ban new cultivators
(California) -- Yolo supervisors have put the brakes on new outdoor marijuana grows to allow the county time to recover from the rush of applicants and subsequent...
article The War Over Weed
(California) -- Mike Smith stands in front of a general store in Orick, Calif., decked out in his Cal Fire officer blues. As tourists and locals pass by, he warns them...
article Navajo Nation denies report it reached deal to grow hemp
(Arizona) -- Could New Mexico become home to a huge hemp growing operation? One national report says so, citing an agreement between the Navajo Nation and a hemp company...

10/25/2016

article Ignacio again says no to marijuana businesses
(Colorado) -- Ignacio town trustees have reaffirmed a ban on any marijuana businesses in town. Trustees listened to a presentation on Oct. 19 from Josh and Heather...

10/24/2016

article Hemp Gives Economic Hope to Native American Tribes
(USA) -- The Navajo Nation is in talks to begin growing industrial hemp on their land. Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late...
article Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes
(USA) -- Casinos on Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late 1980s, lifting many people from poverty. Now, some hope, cultivating...

10/22/2016

press release Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium Explores New Economic Opportunities for Gaming Tribes
(Washington) -- Victor-Strategies will host the inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium on November 1-2, 2016, at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA.  ...

10/16/2016

article Symposium to Explore Economic Opportunity of Cannabis & Hemp Production in Indian Country
(Washington) -- The inaugural Tribal Cannabis & Hemp Symposium, November 1-2, at Tulalip Resort Casino, will address one of the most complex and potentially most...

10/14/2016

article Native Church Drops Suit Against County Over Marijuana Crop [sub req]
(California) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday closed a suit brought by the Oklevueha Native American Church, which has faced questions about its legitimacy as...

10/12/2016

article State-of-the-art 5.8m sq. ft. greenhouse built in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- A new partnership between the Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and the Bright Green Group of Companies, is leading the way to a brighter future for the...

10/6/2016

press release New partnership between Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and Bright Green Group of Companies creates jobs and opportunity
(New Mexico) -- A groundbreaking new partnership between the Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and the Bright Green Group of Companies is leading the way to a brighter...

9/18/2016

article Casino billionaire fighting Florida medical marijuana proposal again
(Florida) -- Las Vegas billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is opening up his checkbook again to defeat a medical marijuana proposal in Florida. Campaign finance...

9/16/2016

article Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis
(Nevada) -- North of Las Vegas's bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they'...
article Tribe’s marijuana accessory store to pave way for dispensary
(Nevada) -- The Ely Shoshone Indian tribe has opened a boutique marijuana accessory shop, “Tsaa Nesunkwa,” in the rear of the Silver Sage Travel Center on...

9/15/2016

article Flandreau marijuana consultant throws shade on Twitter
(South Dakota) -- Eric Hagen, the marijuana consultant indicted for his work with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, offered a 140-character critique of South Dakota...
article The Native American Tribes Growing Pot to Stay Alive
(Nevada) -- On an all new episode of Weediquette, Krishna visits the Paiute Tribe of Las Vegas to learn about how these Native Americans are growing weed on their...
article Will efforts to legalize marijuana in California go up in smoke?
(California) -- Downtown Oakland on a sunny, bright June day, and the air outside the Marriott City Center hotel is fragrant with, ahem, opportunity.

9/14/2016

article Native American Tribes can Legally Grow and Sell Marijuana
(USA) -- Native American tribes can legally grow and sell marijuana even in states where it is considered illegal. This is a result of the Department of Justice’s...

9/9/2016

article Puyallup tribe aims to become first in state to grow, test, sell cannabis
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is planning to sell recreational marijuana on tribal land in Fife, a move that would make it the first tribe in Washington...
article Las Vegas is Becoming a Marijuana Tourist Destination
(Las Vegas) -- Nevada voters in November will decide whether or not recreational marijuana use will be legal in the eyes of the state’s government and could create...

9/4/2016

article The Native American Marijuana Industry
(USA) -- American marijuana industry has a long history with Native hemp cultivation and application until that changed in the early 20th century. It’s more of a...

8/30/2016

article Hemp: The Next Big Cash Crop for Tribes?
(USA) -- In 1794, President George Washington said: “Make the most you can of the Indian hemp seed and sow it everywhere!” Well, we would if we could! While...
article How Big Alcohol Is About to Get Rich Off California Weed
(California) -- More than 20 years later, Hezekiah Allen remembers the Blackhawk helicopters hovering over his childhood home, the armed soldiers barricading the road to...

8/26/2016

article $2.8M marijuana crop found in White Mountains; 1000's of pot plants uprooted
(Arizona) -- Arizona DPS troopers uprooted 2,413 marijuana plants growing in a large-scale crop found south of Cibecue on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in northern...

8/25/2016

article Nearly $3 million worth of marijuana plants destroyed in eastern Arizona
(Arizona) -- State and local law enforcement have eradicated and destroyed thousands of marijuana plants that were found on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

8/23/2016

article Enough signatures received for next step in placing medicinal marijuana on ballot
(Oklahoma) -- State question 788, which deals with legalizing medicinal marijuana, is a step closer to being on the November ballot. The Oklahoma Secretary of State...
article IDIOTS: Video shows adults blowing marijuana smoke in toddler's face
(Idaho) -- A video showing Idaho adults smoking marijuana and blowing the smoke in the face of a young child sparked outrage on social media this week, prompting police...

8/17/2016

article Squaxin Tribe Open Cannabusiness On Federal Land
(Washington) -- Elevation is a recreational retail cannabis store located on the tribal land owned by the Squaxin Island Tribe in Mason County, Washington. Officially...

8/15/2016

article Advisers charged in tribe's marijuana resort enter pleas
(South Dakota) -- Two consultants who helped a Native American tribe plan the nation's first marijuana resort entered opposing pleas Monday to drug offenses, with...
article Attorney: No evidence consultant possessed marijuana
(South Dakota) -- The attorney for a consultant facing drug charges in connection with a Native American tribe's failed effort to open the nation's first...

8/11/2016

article Drug Cartels and Illegal Pot Farms: Yurok Battle for Ancestral Lands
(California) -- They’re armed, they build dams to divert entire creeks for irrigation, and they desecrate sacred lands and animals. But this is not a history...
article Busted for 1gm of Pot! Feds Back Off Prosecuting American Indian Teen
(Oregon) -- Devontre Thomas, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, turned 19 in March. He graduated from the Chemawa Indian School in May. He is working two jobs this...

8/10/2016

article DEA Rejects Attempt to Loosen Federal Restrictions on Marijuana
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats marijuana under federal drug control laws, keeping...

8/9/2016

article Charges Filed Against Men Assisting Santee Sioux Marijuana Venture
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Wednesday charges against two men who assisted the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in growing a crop...

8/8/2016

article Marijuana industry watches 'game changer' S.D. cases
(South Dakota) -- All eyes in the marijuana industry are on South Dakota following the news last week that the state's top prosecutor would bring felony charges...

8/6/2016

article After marijuana charges, questions on sovereignty emerge
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux had an understanding with the federal government: the tribe could grow and sell marijuana so long as it kept it on the...

8/5/2016

press release CannaNative CEO Named Keynote Opening Speaker at Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo
(California) -- CannaNative, LLC ("CannaNative") -- the premiere Native American-owned and operated company created to assist more than 560 U.S. tribal nations...
article Feds Dropping Charges Against Native American Teenager Who Faced a Year in Jail for Cannabis
(Oregon) -- Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop charges against a Native American teenager who faced a year in prison for possessing a gram of marijuana.

8/4/2016

article Tribal Pot Consultants Criminally Charged
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota criminally charged two employees of a Colorado-based consulting firm Wednesday for their role in attempting to launch a marijuana resort...
article Puyallup Tribe pursues medical marijuana growing operation
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is taking steps to grow medical marijuana on tribal land. The News Tribune reported that tribal leaders have amended a...
article Charges dropped for Native American teen facing prison over gram of weed
(Oregon) -- Prosecutors in Oregon have agreed to drop federal charges against a Native American teenager who faced up to a year in prison for possession of about one...

8/3/2016

article 2 charged in failed tribal pot farm plan
(South Dakota) -- There is fallout from the short-lived plan by the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe idea to grow marijuana … two people now charged with drug...
article 2 consultants charged in South Dakota tribal pot operation
(South Dakota) -- Two consultants who worked with a Native American tribe on its plans to open the nation's first marijuana resort have been charged with drug...
article Charges Filed in Marijuana Operation On Tribal Reservation
(South Dakota) -- On Wednesday, August 3rd, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced charges against two men for drug offenses. The men were hired as...
article Marijuana conspiracy charges target tribe's consultants
(South Dakota) -- Two leaders of a Colorado-based marijuana growing company face felony charges in connection with their efforts to help a South Dakota Native American...
article Relocation Of Seeds Lead To Felony Drug Charges
(South Dakota) -- Officials say two men who promised to bring the nation's first marijuana resort to Flandreau are now facing felony drug charges. Consultants of a...
article Maine tribe says it'll stick to hemp for now, not marijuana
(Maine) -- A Maine tribe has ruled out growing medical marijuana for now and will stick to pursuing growing hemp. The Passamaquoddy Tribe says it had cut off all contact...
article Puyallup Tribe pursuing medical marijuana grow after signing deal with state
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is taking another step in the marijuana business. Earlier this year, the tribe opened a marijuana testing laboratory in...
article Capitol Hill Officials Demand to Know Why a Native American Teenager is Being Prosecuted for Cannabis
(Oregon) -- Three members of Oregon's congressional delegation are demanding U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams explain why his office is prosecuting a Native...

7/28/2016

article Operation Yurok destroys nearly 80K marijuana plants
(California) -- As Operation Yurok — which the Yurok Tribe carries out each summer with help from local, state and national agencies — continues this week,...
article Native American teen faces a year in prison for possessing one gram of weed
(Oregon) -- An Oregon teenager could be sentenced to a year in prison for possessing about one gram of marijuana in a federal case that has sparked widespread outrage...
article Warm Springs Tribe Hopes Its Cannabis Company Brings Jobs, Not a Federal Crackdown
(Oregon) -- Devontre Thomas' marijuana-possession case includes a twist: The very tribe he is a member of is poised to become one of the first in the nation to...

7/21/2016

article Yurok Tribe launches operation to rid reservation of marijuana
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe of California is sending a strong message to people who use the reservation to grow marijuana. In conjunction with federal, state and...

7/19/2016

press release ‘We are targeting the illegal grows,” Says Tribe Chairman as Operation Yurok Restarts
(California) -- Yesterday, a Yurok Public Safety Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office-led team of more than 40 law enforcement officers started serving...

7/13/2016

article One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana
(USA) -- There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed...

7/11/2016

article Development of hemp as cash crop in Maine starts slowly
(Maine) -- So far, only the Passamaquoddy Tribe and a Portland resident have received permission to grow what would be the state’s first licensed crops of...
press release 16,000 marijuana plants seized on tribal, federal lands near Orleans
(California) -- The following is an updated press release issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: On Thursday, July 7, and Friday, July 8, the Humboldt...

7/7/2016

article Gathering of Nations signs five-year sponsorship deal with cannabis producer
(New Mexico) -- Native people have a long history with natural healing and the use of herbal remedies. That’s why Gathering of Nations founder Derek Mathews says...

7/6/2016

article Medical cannabis provider becomes new Gathering of Nations sponsor
(New Mexico) -- Native Americans from all over the world make their way to Albuquerque every year for the Gathering of Nations. The world's largest powwow is moving...

6/30/2016

article Marijuana beat: Tribal policy change, big bust on west side
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees is continuing an earlier decision to keep marijuana an illegal substance on the...

6/23/2016

article Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on Wednesday after a spirited debate on...

6/22/2016

article Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on Wednesday after a spirited debate on...

6/16/2016

article OST recognizes legality of growing hemp
(South Dakota) -- Vic Camp stands barefoot on the cracked bare ground that was a hemp field until that fateful hour more than a decade ago when federal agents swooped in...

6/15/2016

article Desert cities, tribe vie for marijuana wealth
(California) -- The Thermal-based Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians announced last year that it would launch a marijuana cultivation subsidiary. Mary Belardo, vice...

6/14/2016

article Federal suit by Kenwood Native American church tossed
(California) -- A federal case involving the right to use cannabis as part of a religious sacrament brought against Sonoma County by a Kenwood branch of the Oklevueha...

6/13/2016

article Why Are the Feds Out to Get 19-Year-Old Devontre Thomas?
(Oregon) -- Cannabis is state-legal for adults 21 and older in Oregon. There hasn’t been a federal marijuana possession case tried in the state since 2011. So why...

6/11/2016

article Lawsuit seeking protected pot use for Kenwood's Oklevueha Native American Church dismissed
(California) -- A Sonoma County-related lawsuit that attempted to establish the use of marijuana as a protected sacrament for use in religious ceremonies was tossed out...

6/9/2016

article Lakota Country Times: Bill addresses marijuana in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- Across Indian Country there are lingering questions regarding the potential federal response to the possibility of tribal governments legalizing...

6/6/2016

article Grow-up bust in Wabaseemoong seizes 186 marijuana plants
(Thunder Bay) -- The Treaty Three Police Service Street Crime Unit said it dismantled an illegal outdoor marijuana grow operation at the end of May. Police said after...

5/31/2016

article MCINTOSH: A Live Study On Medical Marijuana
(Alberta) -- In Canada, medical marijuana is to be fully legalised in 2017. Marijuana was given to us by Mother Earth for a reason, yet for many years we let it slip...

5/29/2016

article Cannabis on tribal land a '50/50' gamble for Native Americans in Washington
(Washington) -- Among the lofty pines of timber country across the street from the Little Creek Casino on State Highway 108, the first tribal-owned-and-operated...

5/27/2016

article Bill would let Narragansett Indian Tribe grow hemp
(Rhode Island) -- For years, the Narragansett Indian Tribe sought to operate casino gambling in Rhode Island as a means of creating jobs and revenue. Today, the tribe...

5/25/2016

article AG Jackley still questions if Indian pot was destroyed
(South Dakota) -- It has been many, many months since the Santee Sioux Indian Reservation near Flandreau South Dakota announced that it had destroyed its $1 million...

5/24/2016

article Judge dismisses Menominee Indian Tribe's lawsuit over hemp raid
(Wisconsin) -- UPDATE: The Menominee Tribe released this statement Tuesday morning: The Tribe is disappointed with this recent setback that challenges our sovereignty as...
article Sorry, not in Wisconsin. Judge rejects Menominee’s hemp argument
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee Indian Tribe which sought protection for industrial hemp. The tribe filed a lawsuit last...
article Tribe responds to hemp lawsuit dismissal
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian tribe’s lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Justice was dismissed in a federal court in Green...

5/23/2016

article Opportunity’s knocking: Bill may allow Narragansett Indians to grow hemp
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state’s General Assembly. Rep. Helio...
article Judge dismisses Menominee tribe's lawsuit over hemp raid
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Menominee tribe against the federal Drug Enforcement Administration over a raid and...
article Longtime casino worker fired after taking medical marijuana for a disability
(Las Vegas) -- A medical marijuana patient recalls the day when was fired from his job of ten years for taking the medicine he needs. "It was pretty disheartening....

5/21/2016

article The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state's General Assembly
(Rhode Island) -- The Narragansett Indian Tribe would be able to grow hemp in Rhode Island under a new bill proposed in the state's General Assembly.

5/20/2016

article A New Growth Industry for Native Americans: Weed
(USA) -- The tribes on this reservation, located in the high desert on the eastern side of Mt. Hood, are accustomed to bad deals. Until the 19th century, the Wasco, the...
article Court sides with Las Vegas casino worker fired for using medical marijuana
(Las Vegas) -- The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled a Las Vegas casino worker is entitled to collect unemployment benefits after being fired for testing positive for...

5/19/2016

article Menominee tribe awaits judge’s ruling in hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The leader of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says it won’t plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge resolves the tribe...

5/16/2016

article Wisconsin Indian tribe: We won’t plant any more hemp — for now
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee tribe is holding off on a new crop while awaiting ruling in a lawsuit against the federal DEA after last year's crop was destroyed in a...

5/14/2016

article Menominee hemp crop on hold until lawsuit settled
(Wisconsin) -- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Chairwoman Joan Delabreau said Friday the tribe will not plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge...
article Menoninee tribe awaits judge's ruling in hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The leader of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin says it won't plant a new crop of industrial hemp until a federal judge resolves the tribe's...

5/13/2016

article Feds, Tribe go to court over hemp lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- A federal case against the Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Department of Justice is at a standstill right now after the government and the...

5/11/2016

article Cherokee moves toward marijuana legalization
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee took another step along the road toward legalizing medicinal marijuana with a vote last week to start drafting legislation that would let...

5/6/2016

article Cherokee council sparks up medicinal marijuana initiative
(North Carolina) -- After months of debate, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council yesterday approved a plan to pursue legalizing medicinal marijuana, at...
article Council instructs AG to develop medical marijuana ordinance
(North Carolina) -- In the near future, EBCI tribal members suffering from diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, and others might be able to seek relief from...
article Warm Springs Tribes break ground on greenhouse to grow marijuana
(Oregon) -- The Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon are entering the marijuana industry. Tribal officials broke ground on a 36,000 square-foot greenhouse on April 29. They...

5/5/2016

article Yurok Tribe Closes Fishing Four Days Per Week, Partially Blames Marijuana Farms
(California) -- In response to the decline of wild spring Chinook salmon in the Klamath-Trinity Basin and concern about the status of green sturgeon, the Yurok Tribal...

5/3/2016

article Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have broken ground on a new marijuana-growing facility
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has broken ground on a new marijuana-growing facility that is set to be Oregon's first tribal-owned marijuana...

4/30/2016

article Warm Springs breaks ground on marijuana facility
(Oregon) -- On a windy, treeless slope on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation, dignitaries and guests tossed the first ceremonial shovels of dirt...
article Warm Springs tribes hope cannabis will kick-start economy, jobs
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Warm Springs Ventures and business partner Sentinel Strainwise held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a 36,000-...
article Warms Springs tribes launch ambitious pot venture, hope for economic windfall
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs made history Friday, breaking ground on Oregon's first tribal-owned marijuana cultivation operation in what one...

4/27/2016

article Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act introduced in House
(North Carolina) -- A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it illegal for federal agencies to take into account the marijuana policy of a...

4/21/2016

article Pocan introduces bill to liberalize tribal marijuana
(Wisconsin) -- U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., announced Wednesday he plans to introduce a bill prohibiting the federal government from denying federal dollars to a tribe...

4/20/2016

article Native American tribes weigh in on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana
(Oklahoma) -- In October 2014, Department of Justice director Monty Wilkinson released a three-page memo regarding policies surrounding the Controlled Substances Act as...

4/19/2016

article Federal judge will hear arguments on Menominee Tribe's hemp operation
(Wisconsin) -- A federal judge will hear arguments next month on the Menominee Indian Tribe's lawsuit against the federal government regarding a hemp-growing...
article State Questions Marijuana Burn Tribal officials maintain it all went up in flames
(South Dakota) -- “We had a discussion with Marty (Jackley) and the US attorney the week following the burn. There has been zero communication on the topic since,...
article Native American Church Resists Pot Enthusiasts
(USA) -- Though happy that the Ninth Circuit ruled against a nontraditional church using its name earlier this month, five major players in the Native American Church...

4/18/2016

article Wis. Tribe Pushes For Hemp Crop OK Over DEA Objections [sub req]
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin continued to press a federal court Monday to declare that it has the right to grow hemp for agricultural and...

4/16/2016

article Ruling Doesn't Settle Future of Native American Church
(Hawaii) -- (HAWAII) -- In a 10,000-year-old tradition where it's taboo to step forward as a public figure, one has emerged. And it's a voice pushing for changes...

4/15/2016

article Pinoleville Pomo Nation files claim against Mendocino County for pot raid
(California) -- The Pinoleville Pomo Nation has filed a claim against Mendocino County authorities for raiding a high-profile medical marijuana operation on the tribe...
article Pinoleville tribe files claim against Mendocino County for marijuana raid
(California) -- The Pinoleville Pomo Nation has filed a claim against the county of Mendocino alleging unlawful search and seizure related to the Sheriff’s Office...

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