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Tribes left behind by America's marijuana laws

A vibrant marijuana program could be an economic boon for the tribal community.

It’s worked for others. The federal government has tacitly allowed states to legalize, regulate and tax medical and recreational cannabis programs since the late 1990s. But a lack of federal guidance for tribal marijuana programs has thwarted the ability for tribes to take advantage multi million-plus marijuana market.

In November 2017, Bureau of Indian Affairs drug officers entered Picuris land and pulled up the approximately 30 medical marijuana plants the tribe was growing, according to Picuris Gov. Craig Quanchello. At present day prices, that marijuana flower would be worth at least $100,000. Then in December 2021, three BIA officers entered Picuris land again — according to a letter from the tribe detailing the raid — pulling up nine medical plants grown at the home of a medical card owner. The BIA and Department of Justice declined to comment for this story. - POLITICO

NCP is launching a campaign to challenge the existing government discrepancies and unfair tactics being being used against our tribal brothers and sisters.