South Dakota– The Santee Sioux tribe of South Dakota has recently announced they will be opening the country’s first Cannabis Resort, which representatives of the tribe say will be an “adult playground.” Earlier this year, the Department Of Justice issued a statement saying they would no longer prosecute Native American tribes for the possession and sale of cannabis.
However, as we reported last week, some tribes are still being raided for attempting to venture into the cannabisindustry.
“We want it to be an adult playground. There’s nowhere else in America that has something like this,” Santee Sioux tribe tribal President Anthony Reider told reporters.
Reider said that the tribe must “look at these opportunities because in order to preserve the past we do have to advance in the present.”
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The United States Justice Department just announced that it will instruct all U.S. attorneys to no longer prevent any Native American tribes from growing, or selling marijuana on reservation land.
This includes reservations within states that prohibit marijuana use, as the reservations are sovereign entities, apart from the states that surround them.
That means, in the words of High Times, “the law of the land will be left up to each individual tribe.”
“Finally, Native Americans are really beginning to experience true sovereignty,” Dan Skye, the editor-in-chief of High Times said, weighing in on this decision by the U.S. government: “Cannabis – whether it’s industrial hemp, medical or recreational marijuana – can provide employment and economic stimulus on Indian reservations which is so desperately needed.”
We still do not have any indication how many First Nations will take advantage of this new policy.
Typical federal rules, barring marijuana from being sold to minors, being made available to drug cartels, being grown on public lands, or spread across state lines, will still apply.