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Workshop on tribal marijuana to be held in California next month






The Tribal Marijuana Conference was held on the Tulalip Reservation in Washington on February 27, 2015. Photo by Chris Stearns / Twitter

The organizers of the first-ever Tribal Marijuana Conference are headed to California for their next event.

The California Tribal Marijuana Workshop will be held April 2 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. Tribal leaders will be able to seek more information about the legalization and regulation of the drug.

“With our first conference we were able to combine extremely high quality speakers on a wide range of policy, legal, and business topics," Robert Odawi Porter, an attorney and former president of the Seneca Nation of New York, said in a press release. "But tribal leaders are asking for more information and understanding of the implementation issues associated with marijuana-based businesses. So we want to make available a more detailed workshop on the complex business, legal, and political issues involved.”

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.

“Leaders in Indian Country are hungry right now for as much information as they can get to gain a stronger understanding of the complex business and regulatory questions that exist,” said Porter. “This workshop aims to sort out the questions and fill the information gap in order to help Native leaders make careful considerations in these uncharted waters.”

The Tribal Marijuana Conference was held on February 27 on the reservation of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington. Organizers said more than 400 attended, with 75 tribes represented.

For more information about next week's workshop, or to register, contact Erica Curnutte at erica@harrismoure.com at (206) 224-5657, or rob@odawilaw.com or hilary@harrismoure.com.

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