Workshop on tribal marijuana to be held in Wisconsin on June 4


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 Tribal Marijuana Conference are holding a follow-up event in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Tribal Marijuana Workshop will be held in Green Bay on June 4. Tribal leaders will meet to discuss legal, practical and other issues surrounding the new industry.

“There are many implementation considerations to address and we have fielded numerous requests from tribal leaders for more information. Collectively tribes are still in the exploratory phase of tribal marijuana and tribes are eager for more comprehensive review of the complex issues involved," Robert Odawi Porter, an attorney and former president of the Seneca Nation of New York, said in a press release.

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 for information 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.”

Porter helped organize the Tribal Marijuana Conference, which was held in February and was the first national meeting where the new policy was discussed. A follow-up workshop was held in California earlier this month.

For more details on the Wisconsin Tribal Marijuana Workshop and registration information contact: Erica Curnutte at erica@harrismoure.com at (206) 224-5657, or rob@odawilaw.com or hilary@harrismoure.com.

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

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