The vote comes a year after a U.S. Department of Justice policy indicated tribes could grow and sell pot under the same guidelines as states that opt to legalize. The tribe is one of the first in the country to enter the pot business.
Tribal officials said more than 80 percent of tribal voters favored the proposal. 1,450 of the 3,300 eligible voters turned out for the referendum Thursday.
Warm Springs’ plan is to build a 36,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow and process the cannabis. Officials expect the project will create more than 80 jobs. Net revenue from the three proposed tribal-owned retail would top $26 million annually.