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Company claims major interest in marijuana in Indian Country






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

A company that plans to open the first marijuana farm in Indian Country has been contacted by more than 100 tribes, The Huffington Post reports.

Foxbarry Companies, a firm with experience in Indian Country, signed a deal to host the farm on the Pinoleville Pomo Nation in California. The announcement has generated significant interest in the media and from other tribes.

"I really underestimated," CEO Barry Broutman told the Post. "So many tribes are wanting to do this right now."

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. But a new Department of Justice policy could open the door to tribes that want to legalize the drug.

So far a handful of tribes have publicly expressed interest in cultivating marijuana for medicinal and industrial purposes. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation plans to be the first with a $10 million farm opening in the coming weeks.

Get the Story:
More Than 100 Native American Tribes Consider Growing Marijuana (The Huffington Post 2/3)
Growing Marijuana On Native American Land? It's A Fantastic Idea For The Booming Legal Weed Industry (Bustle 2/3)
LoCO ON THE POT: What’s Up With That Big Pinoleville Pomo Grow? (The Lost Coast Outpost 2/1)
Legality of Ukiah tribal pot operation questioned (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 1/29)
Native American nations explore selling marijuana on territories (WGRZ 1/29)

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

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