An illegal marijuana farm
on public land in California. Photo from Addictiontreatment.org
It's official -- the Pinoleville
Pomo Nation in California will be the host of the first legal medical marijuana operation in Indian Country.
The tribe will use its 2.5 acres of its reservation for the farm as part of a deal with United Cannabis of Colorado and Foxbarry Companies, a
firm with experience in Indian Country.
The products will be sold to medical marijuana dispensaries and to medical marijuana card-holding members, The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reported.
"Our business model involves doing everything legally and by the book," FoxBarry’s President Barry Brautman told the paper.
The tribe will host a 110,000-square-foot facility that will cost $10 million to build, the paper reported. Some 50 to 100 people will be employed there, the paper added.
The announcement comes on the heels of a Department of Justice policy
that could allow for legal marijuana in Indian Country.
But Brautman said the tribe and the companies were in talks long before the policy was made public last month.
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(The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 1/9)
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(The Denver Post 1/9)
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operation in California (1/8)
Company set to announce tribal marijuana
operation in California (1/7)
Legal marijuana could bring dramatic changes for tribes (1/5)
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Opinion: DOJ marijuana policy in Indian Country
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policy affecting marijuana in Indian Country (12/11)