Puyallup Tribe interested in opening retail marijuana operation

The Puyallup Tribe might turn the Stogie’s Cigar and Sports Lounge in Fife, Washington, into a marijuana operation. Photo from Facebook

It looks like the Puyallup Tribe of Washington is going for the full embrace when it comes to marijuana.

The tribe signed a compact with the state to address operations at Medicine Creek Analytics, a cannabis research and testing institute, and later updated the agreement to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. Now the tribe is considering selling marijuana at a retail store, The Tacoma News-Tribune reports.

"This would be a financial boost to the tribe once everything is up and operating," council member member Marguerite Edwards told the paper.

The store might be going into the space that currently houses Stogie’s Cigar & Sports Lounge in Fife.

"It is with great sadness that must inform you all that the Puyallup Tribe has decided to convert Stogie's Cigar & Sports Lounge into a medicinal & recreational cannabis retail establishment," the lounge said on Facebook

In a story published by The Puyallup Tribal News, the tribe's newspaper, the tribal council said Stogie's did not do as well as expected. It opened a year ago, the paper reported.

Read More on the Story:
Puyallup tribe aims to become first in state to grow, test, sell cannabis (The Tacoma News Tribune 9/9)
Puyallup Tribal Council to explore options for Stogie’s property (The Puyallup Tribal News in The Tacoma Weekly 9/8)

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

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