South Dakota Tribe May be First to Legalize in Non-Legal State

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One of the poorest regions of the U.S. might get a big financial boost soon. As reported by NBC4i.com, South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on legalizing marijuana on tribal land. If the measure passes and is adopted by the tribe, it will be the first time a Native American tribe has legalized cannabis in a state without a legal marijuana program.

South Dakota Tribe Votes on Legal Cannabis

In fact, South Dakota, as well as neighboring states, Nebraska and Wyoming, are all without legal cannabis programs. Supporters of the proposed plan think passing a legal marijuana measure on their tribal land could bring millions of dollars in much needed revenue to the tribe. Ricky Gray Grass, a leader in the Oglala Sioux Tribe is quoted in the article as saying, “People will be coming in from all directions to get their medicine.” Tuesday is a big voting day for the tribe on a few measures, including bids to approve medical cannabis, recreational cannabis, and allowing alcohol to be served at the tribe’s casino.

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