4 August 2016
The News Tribune reports…..
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is taking another step in the marijuana business.
Earlier this year, the tribe opened a marijuana testing laboratory in Fife after signing a deal with Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Liquor and Cannabis Board. The tribe has now amended the compact to include production and sales of marijuana for medical or recreational use.
It is the third tribe to agree to such a compact, following the Suquamish and Squaxin Island tribes, according to the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s tribal liaison, James Paribello.
The Puyallup Tribe’s first venture under the amended compact: growing medical marijuana with the aim of improving quality of life for tribal members with cancer.
Tribal chairman Bill Sterud said tribal members have suffered through cancer as much as any community. Marijuana can be used as a painkiller, to improve appetite and to reduce nausea, according to the American Cancer Society.
“I think it’s really important that somebody take the lead in this industry and in this medicine and it just came around this time it was us,” Sterud said in an interview at the testing lab Medicine Creek Analytics, which is in the same building as the tribe’s cancer treatment center.