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Michigan Tribes’ Cannabis Ordinance Now in Effect

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The adult-use cannabis ordinance approved in May by all six of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council took effect yesterday, allowing the tribes to engage in all aspects of legal cannabis sales, the Record-Eagle reports. The tribes said the reforms will help diversify its businesses beyond “primarily tourism-based business” because cannabis “is an economic commodity in an emerging market that is not based on tourism.”

Under the ordinance, the tribes will regulate commercial cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products for adults 21-and-older within the tribe’s jurisdiction, the report says.

In a statement, Tribal Chairman David Arroyo said that the coronavirus pandemic led to a significant decline in the tribes’ revenue and that cannabis revenues can help offset that decline. He added it would help fund tribal law enforcement, education, health care, and social services.

“All benefits obtained from the endeavor will be used to enhance tribal programs for tribal members.”Arroyo, in a statement, via the Record-Eagle

Under state, federal, and tribal laws, the businesses must be on the tribe’s trust land, including their reservation lands in Peshawbestown and trust lands in Acme and Whitewater townships, the report says.

Other Michigan tribes legalized cannabis for adults, following the passage of the reforms by Michigan voters in 2019. The Bay Mills Indian Community opened their first tribal-owned dispensary in November 2020. The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians partnered with Lume Cannabis Co. last year and opened their first cannabis dispensary on tribal lands earlier this year with plans to open five more through 2022.

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Utah Tribe Considering Medical Cannabis Operations

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The Paiute Tribe of Utah is considering a move into the medical cannabis business, Salt Lake City Fox 13 reports. The tribe expressed interest in the venture in a private meeting with Republican Gov. Spencer Cox to discuss how the state and tribes could work together.

In the Fox 13 interview, Tribal Chair Corrina Bow said the effort could help tribal members who need medical cannabis for health issues and act as an economic boost to the largely rural tribe.

“I think it would be good because we also have some of our elders that actually have been having to go out of state to get this. It would be a great opportunity for a lot of them. A lot of them are in rural areas which need it.” Bow to Fox 13

Tribal Leader Tamra Borchardt-Slayton said the effort may include “growing, to cultivation sites, to possibly having stores.” She points to the Nevada Las Vegas Paiute Tribe who operate a 16,000 square foot dispensary in southern Nevada despite cannabis remaining illegal on a federal level.

“That relationship is working,” she said. “Their tribe is flourishing based on the economic revenue that is coming in. Because of that, [the tribe is] able to offer more programs.”

The Governor’s Office did not comment further on the tribe’s interest and Bow told Fox 13 she was “not really sure” how the governor responded.

 

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North Carolina Tribe Legalizes Medical Cannabis

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) have approved an ordinance to legalize the production and sale of medical cannabis. It is the first location in the state to allow medical cannabis as North Carolina has not yet passed the reforms.

Patients must be aged 21-or-older to access the program, but the Tribe has not yet indicated what medical conditions will allow patients to get program cards.

Richard Sneed, the principal chief of the EBCI, that the reform represents “a testament to the changing attitudes toward legal marijuana and a recognition of the growing body of evidence that supports cannabis as medicine, particularly for those with debilitating conditions like cancer and chronic pain.”

“I applaud the Council for their thoughtful consideration, exhaustive research and consultation with experts to develop a system that balances compassionate care for patients with preserving safety and security in our community. Passing this ordinance is just the first step, but we are excited to begin building this program. I know that I reflect the sentiments of many patients in expressing my pride and gratitude for the leadership demonstrated by our Council on this issue.” Sneed in a press release

The Tribe will next create a Cannabis Control Board which will promulgate regulations, license workers, and issue patient identification cards for the program. The board will also be tasked with licensing cultivators, processors, and laboratories.

The ordinance limits patients to 1 ounce of medical cannabis per day, not to exceed six ounces per month, and caps THC in medical cannabis products per day to 2,500 milligrams, not to exceed 10,000 milligrams per month.

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