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Next federal government needs to amend Cannabis Act, say First Nation chiefs

The next federal government needs to amend the Cannabis Act so First Nations can have jurisdiction over the industry on their territories, to seize its economic potential and avoid potential conflicts, according to some Indigenous leaders.

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Marijuana & Hemp

9/24/2020

article A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo reservation
(New Mexico) -- In the fertile northeast corner of the Navajo Nation, fields that only months ago were traditional open-air corn farms are now stuffed with hundreds of...

9/23/2020

article Bay Mills Indian Community plans to open state's first tribally owned cannabis company
(Michigan) -- The Bay Mills Indian Community announced a unique new business venture they said is expected to create job opportunities and economic development coming...
article A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo reservation
(New Mexico) -- In the fertile northeast corner of the Navajo Nation, fields that only months ago were traditional open-air corn farms are now stuffed with hundreds of...
article New magazine, THC, place for ‘healthy conversation about decriminalizing nature’
(Indian Country) -- Mary Jane (MJ) Oatman launched a new magazine called Tribal Hemp and Cannabis (THC) earlier this year. Oatman serves as the executive director of the...

9/20/2020

article Trump And The 2018 Farm Bill: Where Does It Leave Hemp Farmers?
(Washington D.C.) -- Until the enactment of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, industrial hemp was a significant agricultural crop in the United States. Clothing and flags...

9/19/2020

article Dineh Benally Chaged With Aggravated Assault
(New Mexico) -- Following a full day of testimony, cross-examination, and oral argument on Thursday, Shiprock District Court Judge Genevieve Woody granted the Navajo...
article Navajo judge halts operations at hemp farms near Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation judge is halting operations at nine hemp farms in northwestern New Mexico as part of a legal fight between a businessman and the tribe...

9/18/2020

article Navajo judge halts operations at hemp farms near Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation judge is halting operations at nine hemp farms in northwestern New Mexico as part of a legal fight between a businessman and the tribe...

9/17/2020

article Shiprock court to continue hearing on Friday for hemp farm case
(New Mexico) -- The court hearing for the Navajo Nation's motion to stop alleged hemp farming by Shiprock resident Dineh Benally will continue Sept. 18. Shiprock...

9/16/2020

article Shoshone cannabis company shares its good fortune
(Nevada) -- After just four months operating, the Elko Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is plowing its cannabusiness profits back into the community...

9/14/2020

article USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Utah And Another Indian Tribe
(Indian Country) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved hemp regulatory plans for Utah and the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians on Friday. The...

9/11/2020

article Shiprock court denies motion to dismiss hemp farm case
(New Mexico) -- The Shiprock Judicial District court denied a motion by Dineh Benally to dismiss the complaint filed by the Navajo Nation over allegations that Benally...

9/10/2020

article LETTER: Foreign workers causing problems
(Arizona) -- The unlawful hemp cultivation in Shiprock has brought an onslaught of foreigners working in hemp greenhouses. These people are of Asian descent who do not...

9/9/2020

article Elko Band Reaps Financial Benefits from Newe Cannabis Dispensary, Despite Opening During Pandemic
(Nevada) -- The Elko Band Colony, one of the four bands of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, has brought some needed financial stability to its community —...

9/4/2020

article Navajo Nation officials meet with Navajo farmers regarding concerns with hemp production
(New Mexico) -- On Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul, and Navajo Nation EPA Executive Director Oliver B. Whaley met with...

9/3/2020

article The Legal Cannabis Industry Is Creating A New Workforce Amidst The Pandemic
(USA) -- Despite being a nascent and still federally illegal operation, most states deemed cannabis companies and ancillary services as essential businesses when COVID-...
article Elko Band to use Newe Cannabis Profits to Enhance Health, Education, Safety, Community Wellness
(Nevada) -- After just four months operating Newe Cannabis, the Elko Band Colony of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is reinvesting its profits to improve the...

8/30/2020

article ‘SO FAR APART:’ U.P. tribe’s venture into cannabis highlights tension with state as potential compact talks continue
(Michigan) -- Since the Bay Mills Indian Community announced plans in August to launch a vertically integrated cannabis business, accusations about the state’s...

8/27/2020

article Navajo EPA suspects New Mexico farming operation of Clean Water Act violations
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Environmental Protection Agency says it suspects a hemp operation in northwestern New Mexico has violated the Clean Water Act – enough...

8/26/2020

article Tribal member opens marijuana dispensary in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Seven 8 Nine Dispensary had its grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 1 paired with a farmer’s market and a Patient Drive. Chavis Hix, daughter of Jim...

8/24/2020

article Minnesota’s White Earth Nation Legalizes Medical Cannabis
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota’s White Earth Nation voted last Tuesday to fully legalize medical cannabis on the reservation. Now, all growing, regulating, and...

8/22/2020

article White Earth Nation voters legalize medical marijuana
(Minnesota) -- White Earth Nation voters approved a measure last week to legalize the production, regulation and distribution of medical marijuana within the...

8/21/2020

article Bay Mills Indian Community jumps into marijuana industry
(Michigan) -- Bay Mills Indian Community will develop a community-owned marijuana business on its tribal lands across the state of Michigan. According to a press release...
article Michigan Tribe Wants Own Marijuana Market Independent from State Control
(Michigan) -- Michigan voters first passed the state's medical marijuana law back in 2008, and in 2018 the citizens of Michigan voted to approve recreational use,...

8/20/2020

article Michigan tribe wants own marijuana market independent from state control
(Michigan) -- A Native American tribe in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday announced plans to create a tribal marijuana market independent of state oversight.

8/19/2020

article White Earth voters give thumbs up to medical marijuana
(Minnesota) -- White Earth voters Tuesday, Aug. 18, overwhelmingly approved a referendum directing the Tribal Council to look into the production, regulation and...

8/15/2020

article Sault Tribe board approves expunging marijuana convictions
(Michigan) -- A resolution to expunge and set aside tribal members’ marijuana offenses and past convictions passed unanimously by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of...

8/10/2020

article USDA approves hemp plans for Maryland and Lower Sioux tribe
(Minnesota) -- Federal agriculture officials have approved hemp production plans last week for one additional state and one American Indian Tribe. The U.S. Department of...

8/7/2020

article White Earth Tribe to vote on Medical Marijuana
(Minnesota) -- On August l8 the White Earth Tribe will have an election. There are two things on the ballot – the District Three Representative: with a choice...
article OP/ED: Where I Stand: Stopping the silent killer
(USA) -- There is a silent killer stalking the National Forests and BLM lands of California. It cares nothing for the fish and wildlife that call it home. It poisons...

8/3/2020

article EBCI Cannabis Commission seeking community input
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 215 (2020) on Thursday, July 9 authorizing the Cannabis Commission to submit the Eastern Band of...

8/2/2020

article Dineh Benally and Hemp on the Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- Dineh Benally’s bid to become Navajo Nation president came up short, but can he succeed in his latest quest? Benally has emerged as a champion...

7/28/2020

article PBS: Hemp cultivation draws hesitation in Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- Products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, are everywhere -- and their growing popularity means big business. The substance can be derived from both...

7/27/2020

article Cannabis retailer coming to Sault Tribal lands in late 2020
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Company have announced they have been awarded an adult-use marijuana retail license on...
article Turtle Mountain preps for first hemp growing season
(North Dakota) -- The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe has completed testing stages for growing hemp required to move forward with Project Green Buffalo. The...

7/24/2020

article Marijuana business set to open on first tribal property in Michigan
(Michigan) -- The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Company announced Friday that they have been awarded an adult-use marijuana retail license...

7/23/2020

article Shinnecock Nation Expects Medical Cannabis To Bring Communal Wellness, Economic Sustainability
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation believes that medical cannabis plays a crucial part in its economic sustainability going forward. Located on the South Fork of...

7/21/2020

article Cluster of applications presents potential quagmire in Petoskey marijuana planning
(Michigan) -- The first business owners who will have a shot at opening a medical marijuana provisioning center are all eyeing storefronts along a short stretch of West...

7/17/2020

article Clearing the Air: FinCEN Guidance May Help Banks Find Their Way in the Field of Hemp Financing
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 29, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published updated guidance intended to “enhance the availability of...

7/9/2020

article Sacred Smoke: Mary Jane Oatman aims to promote tribal efforts, heritage
(Idaho) -- Isn’t it strange that many aspects of the cannabis industry are scrutinized down to the smallest detail, yet we know so little about this continent...
article Judge tosses California farm from tribal lawsuit over seized hemp plants
(California) -- A federal judge has blocked a California farm from being part of a lawsuit filed by an American Indian tribe over local authorities’ seizure of...

7/6/2020

article Oneida Nation eyes hemp production as a way to diversify, strengthen tribal economy
(Wisconsin) -- The Oneida Nation’s experiment with hemp farming last year didn’t produce a bumper crop, or really anything of significant material worth, but...

7/4/2020

article Washington Tribes Leverage the Cannabis Economy
(Washington) -- Washington state led the nation in 2015 in developing a legal framework for cannabis sales on Tribal lands. Home to 29 federally recognized Tribes, at...

7/3/2020

article BLOG: The bright future of the CBD market and the impact of COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Sarah Roberts Yetman is the CEO and founder of SovereignPort, an international company supporting the brokering, supply chain and global transport...
article Hemp farm neighbors complain of smell, lights, use of water
(Arizona) -- It’s not easy being Dineh Benally’s neighbor. Loretta Bennett and Marietta Lister live down a narrow road in Shiprock and for years it’s...
article LEGAL BLOG: FinCEN Issues Guidance to Financial Institutions on Hemp-Related Due Diligence
(Washington D.C.) -- The obligations of financial institutions to monitor and report potential illicit activity involving cannabis-related products has been a source of...

6/29/2020

article More Details On Proposed Shinnecock Medical Marijuana Dispensary
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation has released details for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary on its reservation in Southampton, Long Island. The federally...

6/27/2020

article B.C. Interior First Nation eyes own cannabis operation for economic, medicinal benefit
(British Columbia) -- A B.C. First Nation located in a semi-remote area on the Fraser River southwest of Williams Lake is exploring potential operations within the...
article Raids of Mendocino County pot farms turn up 32,000 plants
(California) -- Authorities in Mendocino County located more than 32,000 marijuana plants during recent raids of illegal pot farms. The raids were a part of a broader...

6/25/2020

article Shinnecock Family Sees Future in Hemp
(New York) -- At least one Shinnecock Indian Nation family is pinning its hopes on hemp. Hemp, of course, is widely regarded as a kind of wonder plant, a traditional yet...

6/23/2020

article Former national chief says First Nations leadership have 'no authority' over cannabis dispensaries
(Canada) -- Del Riley authored two sections of Canada's Constitution Act affirming existing aboriginal and treaty rights. Decades later, they're being used as a...

6/22/2020

article Intelligent and idealistic, Winona LaDuke turns to hemp farming, solar power to jump-start the 'next economy'
(Minnesota) -- You may remember Winona LaDuke as Ralph Nader’s running mate on the Green Party ticket in 1996 and 2000 or, more recently, as a leader of oil...
article Expect a Big Marijuana Legalization Wave Among States in 2021
(USA) -- The coronavirus pandemic has slowed a number of states’ efforts to legalize cannabis, at least in the near term. It could have the opposite effect in 2021.

6/21/2020

article Cannabis dispensers, police have a chat at First Nations rally
(Ontario) -- A group of cannabis dispensers and their supporters held rallies outside police buildings in Garden River and Batchewana First Nation territories Sunday....

6/18/2020

article One Indigenous Woman's Prayers For Collective Cannabis Legalization
(Idaho) -- On June 4th, a group of Nez Perce students organized a Natives for Black Lives Matter demonstration in front of the Nez Perce County Courthouse in Lewiston,...

6/12/2020

article Navajo Nation Justice Department sues tribal member, businesses over hemp production sites
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is suing Shiprock resident Dineh Benally and two businesses, alleging they are growing and marketing...

6/11/2020

article Navajo Nation Sues Over Hemp Growing Operation
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is suing a tribal member over what authorities say is an illegal hemp farming operation in northwestern New...

6/3/2020

article Navajo police warn against illegal marijuana, hemp farms
(New Mexico) -- Authorities on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are warning people against illegally growing marijuana and hemp. Navajo Nation police...

5/29/2020

article Hemp-Help for Native American Tribe
(Colorado) -- A local bulk CBD manufacturer and a Native American tribe from North Dakota came together in Palisade on Friday, in hopes of expanding sustainable...

5/24/2020

article Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed
(California) -- The warm California sun shone down on Adam Bierman as he stepped up to the ceremonial ribbon strung across the entrance of his latest triumph: a new...

5/21/2020

article Red Lake Nation Votes To Pass Medical Marijuana Referendum
(Minnesota) -- Members of the Red Lake Nation approved legalization of medical cannabis within the nation’s boundaries yesterday, which was approved 80.59% to 19....

5/20/2020

article Florida, Tribes Among The Latest To Get Federal OK For Hemp Production
(Florida) -- The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, which controls more than 270,000 acres in and around the Florida Everglades, has won a key approval from the U.S....

5/15/2020

article Red Lake Nation to vote on medical marijuana May 20
(Minnesota) -- Members of the Red Lake Nation will vote Wednesday on whether or not to allow medical cannabis within the nation's bounds. Members of the Chippewa...

5/10/2020

article USDA Approves Hemp Plans For Massachusetts And Five Indian Tribes
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Thursday that it approved one additional state hemp regulatory plan, as well as five more...

5/7/2020

article Illegal Pot Farm With 22,000 Plants Found On Mendocino County Tribal Land
(California) -- Ten people were held after authorities found thousands of marijuana plants being grown illegally on tribal land in Northern California, the Mendocino...
article Search warrant nets 22,148 cannabis plants at illegal grow in Covelo
(California) -- On Tuesday, May 5 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Detectives and Patrol Divisions, along with assisting agencies – the Lake...

5/5/2020

article 22,000 marijuana plants found on Round Valley Indian Reservation in Mendocino County
(California) -- Ten people were detained at a large illegal marijuana farm Tuesday morning at Mendocino County’s Round Valley Indian Reservation, where San Jose...

4/20/2020

article Thunderchild cannabis production facility mainly complete, awaiting licence
(Saskatchewan) -- The construction of the new cannabis production facility known as Thunderchild Cultivation, located off Highway 16 on the outskirts of Battleford, is...

4/18/2020

article Cars line up for opening of marijuana dispensary on Elko Colony
(Nevada) -- Business was booming Saturday morning at Newe Cannabis, as the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshones’ Elko Band Council opened its marijuana dispensary on...

4/17/2020

article Fight against dispensary to continue
(Nevada) -- Opponents of the Newe Cannabis dispensary lost one round with denial of petition for a restraining order against the shop opening on April 18, but they aren...

4/15/2020

article USDA approves development of hemp for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
(North Dakota) -- The United States Department of Agriculture recently approved the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa to grow hemp on tribal lands. The signing of the...

4/13/2020

article Elko Indian Colony dispensary set to open amid controversy
(Nevada) -- The Elko Band of Te-Moak is set to open its marijuana dispensary Saturday. Elko Band Council Chairman Davis Gonzales and Vice Chairman Juan Arevelo announced...

4/11/2020

article USDA approves Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Hemp Plan
(North Dakota) -- The USDA has approved the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Hemp Plan, effectively allowing hemp cultivation on tribal lands, with the tribe...

3/23/2020

article Hemp Shows Economic Promise For Native American Communities: 'We Want This Industry To Grow Here'
(Indian Country) -- In the United States, Native American tribes live under sovereignty to the federal government, leaving community regulations up to tribal leadership...

3/18/2020

article Petition drive launched against marijuana dispensary on Elko colony
(Nevada) -- Opposition to a marijuana dispensary opening on the Elko Indian Colony that borders Elko city limits is gearing up with a petition drive and preparation of...
article A path to wellness through hemp
(New Mexico) -- There are many paths one can follow on a journey of healing and wellness. The Wumaniti Earth Native Sanctuary, located at 203 Ledoux Street, offers a...

3/14/2020

article Geneseo voters to decide whether city officials should have longer terms
(Illinois) -- Voters in Geneseo will decide in Illinois' March 17 primary election whether their elected officials will continue to serve two-year terms or switch to...

3/13/2020

article Hemp bill makes it to Noem's desk for consideration
(Alaska) -- Legislation that would legalize hemp in South Dakota has made it to Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk for consideration. House Bill 1008 was passed through the...

3/11/2020

article Legal Weed Is the Next Tribal Sovereignty Test
(South Dakota) -- On Tuesday, the Oglala Sioux Tribe overwhelmingly voted to legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe approves medical, recreational marijuana
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed a referendum to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota,...

3/10/2020

article South Dakota lawmakers scrambling to settle hemp compromise
(South Dakota) -- After a year-long dispute over legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota, state lawmakers are jostling to finish work on a hemp bill that won’t...

3/9/2020

article Tribe is set to vote on legal marijuana
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation...
article Voters share opinions ahead of Pine Ridge Reservation's referendum on marijuana, alcohol
(South Dakota) -- Economic development, health, public safety, and traditional values are on the minds of voters ahead of the Pine Ridge Reservation's referendum on...
article Wyoming tribe to vote; medical marijuana backers press case
(Wyoming) -- Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana have been pressing their case in the days before a possible vote this weekend on Wyoming’s Wind River...

3/8/2020

article Tribal members continue to push for medical marijuana legalization on reservation
(Wyoming) -- Members of a group advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana on the Wind River Reservation are trying to convince tribal citizens of the benefits...
article South Dakota tribe set to vote on legalizing marijuana
(South Dakota) -- Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on legalizing medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in...

3/2/2020

article Cherokee Nation work group on Hemp, Cannabis seeks input
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation’s executive work group on hemp, cannabis and related opportunities met for the first time in February and established a direct way...

2/26/2020

article City council hears two views on colony marijuana dispensary
(Nevada) -- Elko City Council members did not hear a presentation Tuesday on the Elko Indian Colony’s plan to open a marijuana dispensary, but they did hear...

2/25/2020

article With governor aboard, S.D. Senate gets ready for final approval legalizing low-THC hemp
(South Dakota) -- It now looks likely that South Dakota sometime soon will join 47 other states where people can grow, harvest, process and possess low-THC hemp. The...

2/24/2020

article City awaits info on Elko Indian Colony pot shop
(Nevada) -- Will marijuana legally be sold in Elko starting this spring? The City of Elko would like to know, but a presentation scheduled for Tuesday’s city...

2/21/2020

article Red Lake to Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana in May
(Minnesota) -- The Red Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution earlier this month to vote on whether medical marijuana should be available as an option for Red Lake...

2/19/2020

article Cannabis Growers Group Eyes Looser Restrictions
(New York) -- The New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association is asking New York state to limit licensing requirements and taxes if New York state legalizes...

2/16/2020

article Tribes considering a hemp production ordinance
(Nevada) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes are looking at getting into the growing hemp business in Arizona and the nation. They are considering adopting an ordinance...

2/15/2020

article Tule River Tribe plans to open cannabis dispensary off Highway 190
(California) -- The Tule River Indian Tribe is venturing into the cannabis industry. Officials with the Tule River Economic Development Corporation, or TREDC, say a...

2/14/2020

article Eskasoni plans to start on-reserve cannabis dispensary
(Nova Scotia) -- An Indigenous community in Cape Breton is planning to open its own cannabis dispensary in response to safety concerns in the community. The move comes...

2/12/2020

article Amended cannabis on tribal lands bill heads to the House
(New Mexico) -- An amended version of a Senate bill that would allow agreements between the New Mexico Department of Health and Native American groups about medical...

2/9/2020

article As tribes eye med marijuana, prosecutor vows ‘discretion ’ in enforcement
(Wyoming) -- Responding to a new push for medicinal marijuana legalization on the Wind River Indian Reservation, United States Attorney Mark Klaassen was non-...

2/8/2020

article Tribal regulators seize nearly 60 pounds of black market cannabis at Santa Ysabel
(California) -- Regulators at the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s cannabis operation in December seized nearly 60 pounds of black market marijuana they say tribal...

2/7/2020

article As tribes eye med marijuana, prosecutor vows ‘discretion ’ in enforcement
(Wyoming) -- Responding to a new push for medicinal marijuana legalization on the Wind River Indian Reservation, United States Attorney Mark Klaassen was non-...
article Amid growing interest in hemp, USDA stands firm on rules
(Washington D.C.) -- A lot of farmers will give industrial hemp a try this year, the first time cultivation is allowed nationwide, USDA officials predicted on Thursday....

2/1/2020

article Medical marijuana usage in Cherokee Nation facilities illegal
(Oklahoma) -- The usage of medical marijuana in Cherokee Nation facilities is still illegal under Cherokee and federal laws. Though Oklahoma voters approved State...

1/30/2020

article Ask Our Experts: Hemp And Native American Tribes
(USA) -- Q: I have seen several recent reports of Native American tribes getting involved with hemp; can you explain the connection or any industry advantage?
article Is Tribal Cannabis On A Comeback Tour?
(Indian Country) -- For people in the know, the cannabis industry is an unpredictable roller coaster for a number of reasons having to do with federal illegality,...

1/29/2020

article Largest Native American Tribe Takes Step Toward Reforming Marijuana Laws
(Oklahoma) -- The largest Native American tribe is assembling a working group to study how it can use marijuana and hemp to boost commerce, health care and farming.

1/26/2020

article These Cannabis Farmers Carry Out an Ancient Tradition High in the Himalayas
(India) -- Approximately 8,900 feet above sea level, perched high in the Himalayas among jagged snow-capped peaks, is a small Indian village overlooking a valley. It has...

1/24/2020

article Largest US Tribal Nation Studies Growing Marijuana Industry
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation plans to create a working group to study how the tribe might get involved in the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries. Cherokee...
article Cannabis shop near Eagle Feather coming soon
(California) -- The Tule River Economic Development Corporation will be entering the recreational and medical marijuana business soon. Construction is now on going for...

1/23/2020

article Cherokee Nation Will No Longer Need THC Abstinence From Workers
(Oklahoma) -- “Landscapes are shifting, along with the Cherokee Nation had to update its own HR policies to reflect these changes,” said Principal Chief...
article Cherokee Nation to study hemp, cannabis industries in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is creating a work group to study the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries in Oklahoma. The Tahlequah-based Native American tribe,...

1/20/2020

article Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians hopes hemp production will raise up to $3 million a year
(California) -- Industrial hemp, grown on a reservation near Idyllwild, may be coming to a store near you. The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians has received the green...
article Weed and water woes in the legendary Emerald Triangle
(California) -- In early September, the run of Supply Creek near Ken Norton's office on the Hoopa Valley Reservation has gone dry. Norton, director of the Hoopa...

1/16/2020

article Santa Rosa tribe wants to take care of its people. It's betting on hemp to bring revenue
(California) -- Between massive illegal grows in Anza and a booming cannabis market in the desert, there might just be a sweet spot — for hemp. That's what the...

1/13/2020

article Will marijuana revenues be to blacks what gaming is to Native Americans?
(Illinois) -- The idea isn’t a new one but is taking root in the middle of America, the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill. There local leaders are on the verge of...

1/11/2020

article Tribal Gaming, Recreational Marijuana Petitions, Raising the Minimum Wage & More
(Oklahoma) -- This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, ACLU...

1/10/2020

article South Dakota governor drops plans to veto hemp, but calls for ‘guardrails’
(South Dakota) -- Governor Kristi Noem is relenting on blocking South Dakota’s development of a hemp industry, provided the proposed law meets “guardrails...
article USDA approves first state, tribal hemp plans
(USA) -- The Agriculture Department’ Agricultural Marketing Service has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic...

1/8/2020

article Tribe Announces Federal Approval of Reservation Hemp Program
(California) -- The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians received authorization from the federal government to open reservation land near Mountain Center to hemp...

1/7/2020

article LEGAL BLOG: Here We Go: USDA Approves First Round of State and Tribal Hemp Plans - Cannabis Industry News Alert
(Washington D.C.) -- On December 27, just two months after issuing its long-awaited interim hemp rule, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the...

1/3/2020

article South Dakota tribe clears hemp plan but governor opposes industry
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux cleared a major hurdle when the Agriculture Department approved its plan for growing industrial hemp on reservation land,...

12/30/2019

article The Week In Cannabis: Aurora's Roller Coaster Ride, USDA's Hemp Moves, MJ's Dividend And More
(USA) -- The last full week of the year, and decade, came with relatively few developments. We started off with some sad news, as we learned psychedelic pioneer and...

12/28/2019

article USDA Approves First State (Including New Jersey) and Tribal Hemp Production Plans
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the first set of plans submitted by states and Indian tribes for the domestic production of...
article Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe’s hemp-growing plan approved
(South Dakota) -- The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s plan to grow hemp became one of the first in the nation to get federal approval on Friday. The Department of...
article USDA approves first state hemp plans following crop’s federal legalization
(Indian Country) -- The US Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it has approved hemp regulatory plans for three states and three Native American tribes...

12/27/2019

article Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe approved by USDA to grow hemp
(South Dakota) -- Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has obtained approval to grow industrial hemp under new rules from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to USDA....

12/24/2019

article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has officially given medical marijuana the green light
(New York) -- The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has officially given medical marijuana the green light and is moving toward legalization of recreational marijuana for adult use...
article Dispensary owners band together in Garden River First Nation, call for end to cannabis moratorium, police raids
(Ontario) -- A grassroots group led by cannabis dispensary owners in Garden River First Nation is calling on chief and council to lift its community-wide moratorium on...

12/23/2019

article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has officially given medical marijuana the green light
(New York) -- The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has officially given medical marijuana the green light and is moving toward legalization of recreational marijuana for adult use...

12/16/2019

article Massive cannabis cultivation facility starts operating in Winnipeg
(Manitoba) -- A major Canadian cannabis cultivation facility — a joint venture involving Peguis First Nation — is launching its operations in Winnipeg after...

12/14/2019

article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community seeks marijuana operation approval
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is working to enter into the world of marijuana production and sales. "We're definitely the first tribe to do...
article Banks Are No Longer Required to Report Hemp Cultivators as Suspicious, Regulators Say
(USA) -- Federal and state banking regulatory officials recently issued a joint statement on December 3 confirming that banks are no longer needed to file a suspicious...

12/9/2019

article Some fear new federal rules on hemp production may go too far
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress opened the door in 2018 to what many in the agriculture sector hope will be a 21st-century money crop: hemp. But the budding industry must...

12/7/2019

article Betting on Cannabis
(Nevada) -- When Anthony Marnell III initially sought to be majority owner of a Nevada medical marijuana company in 2014, he came with an impressive résumé — he...

12/4/2019

article Wyoming tribe considering hemp and medical marijuana to diversify reservation economy
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...

12/2/2019

article Tribe studies cannabis, hemp
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...
article Wyoming Tribe Moves Toward Hemp and Medical Cannabis Legalization
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming’s Eastern Shoshone Tribe is considering hemp and medical cannabis to help diversify the Wind River Reservation economy and offer alternative...
article LEGAL BLOG: New Federal Hemp Regulations: What Businesses Should Know to Comply
(USA) -- Less than one year after hemp production was legalized by the 2018 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its proposed industrial hemp...

12/1/2019

article Wyoming tribe considering hemp and medical marijuana to diversify reservation economy
(Wyoming) -- A Wyoming tribe is looking to hemp and medical marijuana as potential ways to bolster the Wind River Reservation economy and treat illnesses, an approach...
article As Noem opposes hemp, tribes see opportunity
(South Dakota) -- As Alex White Plume gathered his children and grandchildren along the bank of Wounded Knee Creek to harvest hemp in September, he was one of just a...

11/29/2019

article Provinces need to recognize First Nations authority on cannabis
(Canada) -- Federal lawmakers ignored the call to delay cannabis legalization until First Nations could be adequately consulted on the regulation of recreational sales....

11/28/2019

article A tribal hemp market? Thanks, South Dakota.
(South Dakota) -- As Alex White Plume gathered his children and grandchildren along the bank of Wounded Knee Creek to harvest hemp in September, he was one of just a...

11/27/2019

article FDA comes down hard against CBD-infused food and beverage, ending months of silence
(Washington D.C.) -- A recent industry study predicted the global cannabidiol (CBD) market will grow from $311.7 million this year to a staggering $1.25 billion by 2024...

11/24/2019

article South Dakota tribes plan to grow hemp, have 'big dreams' for potential revenue
(South Dakota) -- Some tribes in South Dakota are laying the groundwork for residents to begin growing hemp in the next year. The 2018 Farm Bill allows tribes to...

11/22/2019

article Cannabis Is New Industry for Native Tribes, but Opportunity Is Not Equal
(California) -- Successful in business, the Las Vegas Paiutes are sometimes called “city Indians.” A tease, as the tribe’s ex-chairman, Benny Tso,...

11/20/2019

article Lawmakers say they’ll try again on hemp in 2020
(South Dakota) -- Some South Dakota lawmakers said Wednesday that they’re working on a bill for the 2020 legislative session that would pave the way for hemp to be...
article Shinnecock sign agreement for medical marijuana dispensary
(New York) -- The Shinnecock Indian Nation on Wednesday signed a partnership agreement to build and operate a medical marijuana dispensary on the Southampton reservation...
article Cannabis sales should be legal in First Nations communities, former chief says
(Ontario) -- The former Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. is asking the federal government to legalize the sale of cannabis in First Nations...

11/19/2019

article Warm Springs hemp plan under review by USDA
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval to administer hemp production on its lands....
article Flandreau Santee, Oglala Sioux apply to grow hemp
(South Dakota) -- Two Sioux tribes in South Dakota, the Flandreau Santee and Oglala, have filed applications with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grow industrial...
article Cannabis Commission legislation tabled until December
(North Carolina) -- The debate for establishing regulations regarding cannabis in the territory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) continues. Legislation...

11/18/2019

article Key Takeaways from USDA Final Interim Rules for Domestic Hemp Production
(Washington D.C.) -- On Oct. 31, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its highly anticipated interim final rules, establishing the USDA...

11/14/2019

article Native American Tribe Opens Nevada’s First Cannabis Lounge
(Nevada) -- Since legalizing cannabis, Nevada has been mulling over the idea of cannabis lounges – a necessity in a state with as much tourism as they get....

11/13/2019

article At this Vegas cannabis lounge, you can try before you buy despite state law
(Las Vegas) -- A Nevada Native American tribe may have a solution for Las Vegas visitors who want to consume legally purchased marijuana without breaking the law. The...

11/12/2019

article Mohawks, marijuana and NY law
(New York) -- Following New York state, the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation is deciding on legalizing medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. This brings about a...

11/11/2019

article What new federal hemp rules mean for Idaho
(Idaho) -- Attorneys representing a Colorado-based company suing the Idaho State Police for seizing a shipment of hemp in January are pointing to new federal rules...

11/10/2019

article 'The tribe has taken over': the Native Americans running Las Vegas' only cannabis lounge
(Las Vegas) -- A couple seated at a high top table smoked a joint, while six tourists in a circular booth nearby drank THC-infused beer and reviewed the flower menu. It...
article Hemp industry in New Mexico growing like a weed
(New Mexico) -- About a mile down a dusty dirt road, Jill Brown is shucking the bud from a hemp plant in front of a warehouse-sized pile that looks more like tumbleweed...

11/8/2019

article Tribe to hold referendum on medical, recreational marijuana policy in Akwesasne
(New York) -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is holding a referendum Saturday, Dec. 14 to help decide on medical and recreational marijuana policy. The tribal referendum...

11/7/2019

article USDA Hemp Webinar Provides Overview of New Regulatory Landscape
(Washington D.C.) -- As we previously reported, the U.S. Department of Agriculture(“USDA”) released its long-awaited interim final rule governing the...

11/3/2019

article USDA Publishes Long-Awaited Interim Regulations Governing the Production of Legalized Hemp
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its interim final rule setting forth the proposed rules and regulations...

11/1/2019

article USDA releases hemp regs, Chief Sneed ready to work on tribal initiative
(North Carolina) -- The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program officially on Wednesday, Oct. 29 and released important regulations for states and...
article Hemp is legal. Here comes the tricky part
(USA) -- Hemp is now a bona fide American crop. The US Department of Agriculture this week posted formal federal guidelines for how hemp — the versatile cannabis...

10/30/2019

article Wisconsin Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin Senator Fred Risser, along with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Representatives Sheila Stubbs, David Crowley and Dave Considine introduced a...
article New USDA hemp program opens door for tribal economic opportunities
(Wisconsin) -- In addition to giving Montana farmers a guiding hand with hemp production, a new hemp program also presents more economic opportunities for tribes across...

10/24/2019

article FSIN hopes to see child welfare, cannabis discussions continue in fall legislature session
(Saskatchewan) -- With the fall session of the legislature underway in Saskatchewan, the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) says he hopes to...
press release One World Pharma and Colombia’s Misak Tribe Enter into Cultivation and Sale Agreement
(Nevada) -- One World Pharma Inc. (OTC Pink: OWPC), "OWP," a fully licensed cannabis and hemp producer in Colombia, is pleased to announce that it has agreed...

10/23/2019

article Border seizures of hemp continue despite legalization, lawsuit, importer says
(California) -- A California CBD manufacturer challenging the hemp policies of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says hemp seizures are still taking place...
article Hemp delivery driver arrested in SD indicted on drug charges
(South Dakota) -- A Colorado man who said he was delivering hemp to Minnesota when he was arrested in South Dakota has been indicted by a grand jury after his load...

10/17/2019

article Tribe’s Cannabis Commission a no-go for now
(North Carolina) -- Legislation establishing the Cannabis Commission of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) was approved (Sept. 12), vetoed (Oct. 2), and re-...
article CBD products are flying off the shelves — so why are banks so reluctant to offer financing?
(Washington D.C.) -- While a majority of states have legalized or decriminalized recreational marijuana use, and the 2018 Farm Bill gave legal status to growers and...

10/12/2019

article Nevada’s first cannabis consumption lounge opens
(Las Vegas) -- Since recreational marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2016, there’s been a great paradox. It’s legal to buy and possess recreational...

10/11/2019

article Sisolak ‘outraged’ that foreigner sought to enter Nevada marijuana market and manipulate rules; calls for special cannabis task force
(Nevada) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak says he is “outraged” that a foreign national set out to get into Nevada’s legal marijuana business by making political...

10/10/2019

article Hemp shop anticipates selling marijuana if legalized
(Arizona) -- Although it is not federally regulated and can be purchased by anyone over the counter off the reservation, the process for buying cannabidiol products at...

10/8/2019

article North Kingstown residents complain about hemp field odors
(Rhode Island) -- Residents of a Rhode Island town say a local hemp farm is negatively affecting their quality of life. WJAR-TV reports that several North Kingstown...

10/7/2019

article Did Native Americans Smoke Weed?
(North America) -- It is well documented that Native Americans introduced pipe smoking and tobacco to European colonists in the 16th century. However, Native Americans...

10/4/2019

article Nevada’s first cannabis tasting room is set to open
(Nevada) -- After three years of political gridlock over cannabis consumption lounges in Nevada, the state Legislature recently passed a measure to kick the can down the...
article Despite prez’s warning, hemp store open in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation’s first hemp products store opened in Shiprock Thursday and the Native American Agriculture Company has no intention of backing...
article First Hemp Store is Open on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- In 2000, the Navajo Tribe approved the production of hemp on the Navajo Nation. In 2018, the Navajo Nation San Juan River Farm Board (the Board) then...

10/3/2019

article Nevada's first cannabis lounge to open Saturday, employees high with excitement
(Las Vegas) -- It's the first for the state: It looks like a bar, or brewery, but behind the bar stool, you can see bongs instead of bottles. It's Nevada's...
article 10th Circuit Agrees: FLSA Applies to Cannabis Workers
(Washington D.C.) -- The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed that cannabis industry workers have the same rights under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act as...

10/2/2019

article Cannabis Commission created in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- At its last meeting Sept. 12, Tribal Council voted to create the Cannabis Commission, a body that will work to get the tribe into the hemp business....

10/1/2019

article Mike Tyson’s weed farm to boost economy on Caribbean islands
(Caribbean) -- Newly minted Cannabis connoisseur, Mike Tyson, is planning to bring his booming weed business to the Caribbean.

9/29/2019

article Next federal government needs to amend Cannabis Act, say First Nation chiefs
(Canada) -- The next federal government needs to amend the Cannabis Act so First Nations can have jurisdiction over the industry on their territories, to seize its...

9/27/2019

article What About Gaming? The House Passes The SAFE Banking Act, Putting Cannabis Ahead Of Regulated Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- The inability to secure banking services has created enormous difficulties for state level, legal cannabis industries. Eleven states and the...

9/26/2019

article Nation’s first hemp dispensary to open Oct. 5
(Arizona) -- While the Navajo Nation Council was debating the merits of hemp production last year, a coalition of private and public entities was quietly doing it....
article Nation’s first hemp dispensary to open Oct. 5
(Arizona) -- While the Navajo Nation Council was debating the merits of hemp production last year, a coalition of private and public entities was quietly doing it....
article U.S. House of Representatives passes historic marijuana banking bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to let federally-insured banks work with cannabis shops and related companies in states that have...

9/25/2019

article House passes historic marijuana banking bill with backing from Southern California reps
(California) -- The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to let federally-insured banks work with cannabis shops and related companies in states that have legalized...

9/23/2019

article House Vote on Cannabis Industry-Related SAFE Banking Act Scheduled for September 2019
(Washington D.C.) -- As early as September 23, 2019, the United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on the widely anticipated Secure and Fair Enforcement...
article In split vote, city of Winnemucca OKs legal marijuana businesses
(Nevada) -- After over five months of deliberations, the Winnemucca City Council last week formally passed two ordinances that will allow state-licensed marijuana...

9/19/2019

article New Indigenous-owned pot shop in Port Alberni first of its kind in B.C.
(British Columbia) -- Tourists heading to Tofino, B.C., can now stop for both gas and grass in Port Alberni on their way to the west coast of Vancouver Island.

9/17/2019

article Join the City of Moriarty & Campo de Oro for Hemp Harvest Forum, October 3, 2019 at the Moriarty Civic Center
(New Mexico) -- The City of Moriarty and Campo de Oro LLCare excited to announce and invite the surrounding East Mountain communities to the Hemp Harvest Forum presented...

9/13/2019

article Council approves establishment of Cannabis Commission
(North Dakota) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is a step closer to establishing a cannabis business for the Tribe as Tribal Council approved legislation (...

9/9/2019

article 16 of Sask.'s 51 pot shops haven't opened their doors nearly a year after legalization
(Saskatchewan) -- Nearly a third of the 51 cannabis retail stores planned for Saskatchewan remain unopened — just over a month out from a potentially key deadline...
article First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis Update
(British Columbia) -- The work underway on the First Nation Federal Framework on Cannabis was discussed at the inaugural meeting of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Cannabis...
article Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council votes against marijuana facility purchase in Humboldt Township
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Council, after due consideration, has decided not to go forward with the purchase of the ELF Facility...

9/5/2019

article Native American Tribes Look to Cash In on Hemp, but Will the Feds Let Them?
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave Native American tribes, as sovereign entities, the same rights as states to control and...
article Will Feds Allow Native Americans to Cash In on Hemp?
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and gave Native American tribes, as sovereign entities, the same rights as states to control and...
article Who Decides Who Is American Enough? Especially, Native American
(Washington) -- America has issues when The First Nation is not recognized. While Trump rallies for a wall, we can’t even take care of the first citizens of the...

9/4/2019

article Judge orders Tobique First Nation couple not to participate in cannabis-related ventures
(New Brunswick) -- Gerald Bear and Tina Sappier-Bear of Tobique First Nation have been ordered not to participate in any cannabis-related ventures while they serve their...

9/3/2019

article Bluff Creek Company and Yurok Tribe Make Appeal before Board of Supervisors on Proposed Cannabis Cultivation Site
(California) -- Members of the Yurok Tribe and The Bluff Creek Company will be making their case before the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed cannabis...

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