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Northern Cheyenne Tribe enters debate over legal marijuana






The flag of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Photo from Facebook

Leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana held a meeting on Monday and one controversial topic was on the agenda: marijuana.

Waylon Rogers, a tribal member, spoke to the council about legalizing the drug. He wants the issue put to a referendum on the reservation.

"The power of the tribe is in the people and I am giving them a[n] avenue to really make a change in our economy," Rogers said on Facebook after addressing the council. "We are right on track with the grand plan."

Council members, however, do not appear receptive to the idea. One who spoke to MTN News said the tribe won't take action without assurances from the federal government and the state of Montana.

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.

Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in Montana.

Get the Story:
Northern Cheyenne Tribe hears the green side of marijuana debate (MTN News 2/17)

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

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