A tribal police vehicle. Photo: Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
The Hopland Band of Pomo Indians has filed a claim in connection with a raid on its marijuana operation in California.
Authorities in Mendocino County destroyed 847 marijuana plants during the raid last September, according to a press release from the sheriff's office. The tribe is now seeking more than $25,000 in damages in the claim, which was first reported by The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
The tribe's partner in the operation, Therafields, also filed a claim seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The marijuana was being cultivated for medicinal purposes, the paper reported.
“I think the claim is self-explanatory,” tribal attorney Lester Marston told the paper.
The county was previously hit with a claim from the Pinoleville
Pomo Nation, whose marijuana operation was raided in September 2015, a year prior to the raid on the Hopland Band.
Both tribes entered the industry after the Department of Justice, during the Obama administration, seemingly opened the door for cultivation of the marijuana in Indian Country. But only a small number of tribes, all located in Washington state, have successfully joined the industry.
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2nd Mendocino County tribe files claim over pot eradication
(The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 3/21)
Department of Justice Document:
Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)
Pomo Nation files claim with county for marijuana raid (04/15)
Pomo Nation blasts local raid of marijuana operation (09/28)
Pomo Nation sees setback at marijuana operation (09/23)
Pomo Nation hires security team at marijuana farm (07/17)
Pomo Nation was initially resistant to marijuana farm (07/13)
Pomo Nation faces prosecution over marijuana plants (06/05)
Pomo Nation starts planting marijuana on reservation (06/04)
Pomo Nation marijuana farm appears to be on hold (03/20)
laws remain an issue as tribes consider growing marijuana (03/13)
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Pomo Nation puts marijuana farm on temporary hold (02/11)
claims major interest in marijuana in Indian Country (02/03)
Pomo Nation to use marijuana revenue for programs (01/15)
Pomo Nation confirms deal for legal marijuana farm (01/09)
grows about tribal marijuana operation in California (01/08)
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