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Warm Springs Tribes consider marijuana as economic opportunity






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The Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon are studying the possibility of cultivating marijuana for economic purposes.

The tribe's economic development board has taken up the issue, according to news reports. Marijuana is legal in Oregon for recreational use.

“It’s something we have to start looking at, whether we want to or not,” Pi-Ta Pitt, who serves on the board, told Willamette Week. “What we’ll do is really unknown at this point.”

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.

Get the Story:
Warm Springs considers marijuana sales in light of looming bankruptcy (The Broadside 4/9)
Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski is Helping Warm Springs Tribes Explore Commercial Weed (Willamette Week 3/26)

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

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