Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Destroy Marijuana Crop Says Tribe Lawyer, Seth Pearman

The Times Daily / AP have reported that

“An American Indian tribe slated to open the nation’s first marijuana resort is destroying its crop and temporarily suspending the project in South Dakota while leaders seek clarification from the federal government, according to the tribe’s attorney”.

Here’s the introduction to the story

Link here  http://www.timesdaily.com/news/nation/lawyer-south-dakota-tribe-destroying-marijuana-crop/article_070ede85-7559-536d-873a-efbd18945de3.html

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, which planned to open a lounge selling marijuana on New Year’s Eve, was the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize the drug following the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision last year to allow tribes to do so on tribal land.

Seth Pearman ( Contact Here) , the tribe’s lawyer, said in a statement Saturday to the Argus Leader newspaper (http://argusne.ws/1HzRdIH ) that the tribe was destroying its existing crop and temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and disturbing facilities. He said tribal leaders were confident that the venture would succeed after seeking clarification on regulations from the Justice Department.

“The tribe will continue to consult with the federal and state government and hopes to be granted parity with states that have legalized marijuana,” Pearman said.

Attorney General Marty Jackley told The Associated Press that the tribe’s attorney and local law enforcement informed him Saturday about the decision, which he said was “in the best interest of both tribal and non-tribal members.” Jackley acknowledged that he and tribal officials haven’t always agreed, but said their discussions about the issue have been good and promised to help the tribe as it moved forward. He said he planned to meet with tribal officials Monday or Tuesday.

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