In Minnesota, the Red Lake Nation Council recently passed July 11th to legalize adult cannabis starting August 1st. After that date, both tribal and non-tribal cannabis purchases will be legal.
Legal recreational cannabis will be available for purchase across Minnesota starting Aug. 1, but retail pharmacies will be closed for 12 to 18 months. First, state authorities need to build a regulatory base for licensing dispensing pharmacies.
according to Minnesota ReformerRed Lake Nation already operates a medical cannabis dispensary called . native care. Beginning August 1, Nativecare will begin selling recreational cannabis, putting the Tribe in a unique position to benefit from being the state’s first recreational dispensary.
The only caveat is that Red Lake Nation is located in the northern region of the state. About 30 minutes from Bemidji (south of Red Lake Nation), about 3 hours from Moorhead (on the western border) and Duluth (on the eastern border), 4 hours from the Twin Cities aka Minneapolis and St. Paul is. the state’s two largest cities;
Red Lake Nation tribal secretary Sam Strong said the sale of legal cannabis brings many benefits to tribe members. “We see this as a resource that not only mitigates damage, but also brings resources to help people recover.” Strong said Regarding the ability of cannabis to curb opioid addiction. Red Lake Nation currently prohibits the use of alcohol on the reservation.
Strong added that the tribe’s medical cannabis already meets state quality standards, including testing to ensure it’s free of contaminants. More information will be shared with cannabis consumers by the end of July.
On May 30, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz signed into law a bill that would make Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana. “We have long known that banning cannabis is ineffective. By legalizing adult-use cannabis, we will grow our economy, create jobs, and keep Minnesotans safe. We’re regulating the industry because of that,” Waltz said at the bill’s signing ceremony. “Legalizing marijuana use by adults and revoking or recognizing marijuana convictions will strengthen communities. This is the right move for Minnesota.”
But he warned that it will take time for state officials to get things right. “We are looking to hire some people for positions where we can do this,” Waltz continued. “But I assure you Minnesota people that a lot of thought has been put into this. It gives us really good guidance.”
In June, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced that tribes in the state may bring forward the pending cannabis legalization sale date. “I’ve been touring the White Earth facilities. This is a world class operation,” Waltz said of the White Earth Nation tribes. “They gave a lot of thought to this.” State Recreational Cannabis Lawsthe governor could negotiate agreements with tribes in the state if they wanted to take advantage of cannabis sales, but he could also “recognize the sovereign right of the Minnesota tribal government” to regulate the cannabis industry without an agreement. can.
Early projections for Minnesota’s cannabis industry show that there are over 700,000 adult and medical cannabis patients in the state, potentially collecting more than $1.5 billion annually by 2029. Part of the newly passed recreational cannabis law allows low-dose hemp-derived THC beverages to be sold in liquor stores.
There are also several other Native American tribes across the United States that accept cannabis for medical and/or recreational use. In December 2020, New York’s St. Regis Mohawk Tribe partnered with MMJ BioPharma Cultivation to dedicate 20 acres of land to cannabis cultivation. In July 2021, the South Dakota-based Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe became the first in the United States to legalize cannabis after the Justice Department released a memo on cannabis in 2014.