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Speculation grows about tribal marijuana operation in California






An illegal marijuana farm on public land in California. Photo from Addictiontreatment.org

Will the Pinoleville Pomo Nation of California be the first in Indian Country with a legal marijuana operation?

A filing with the Securities Exchange Commission seems to suggest that the tribe is involved with a newly-announced marijuana partnership. But no one from the tribe has commented to the local media so far.

According to The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, the 250-member tribe has a reservation of about 100 acres. Presumably, the operation would have to be located on trust land in order to take advantage of a Department of Justice policy that could allow for legal marijuana in Indian Country.

United Cannabis and Foxbarry Companies, a firm that works with tribes in California and in other states, have indicated an announcement about the tribal operation will be made by the end of the week.

Get the Story:
Pomos seeking to establish state’s first tribal pot operation (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 1/8)
$30 million deal pegged on Federal Indian #marijuana agreement (The Cherry Creek News 1/8)

Relevant Documents:
Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

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