Meet One of the Activists Fighting for the Rights of Native Americans Within the Weed Industry – News

Nevada is home to a lot of things: neon casinos, prime rib specials, and now legal weed. Although legalization is slowly becoming the law of the land in the United States, on June 2, 2017, the Battle-Born State did something truly revolutionary. It passed Senate Bill 375, the nation’s first law to forge a marijuana compact between Native American tribes and a state government. The apparent conflicts between federal and state laws concerning weed are complex enough, but when we throw tribal sovereignty into the mix, the issue becomes even more confusing.

All Native American lands stand as their own territories, which are separate from the United States. The US government created reservations in the first half of the 1800s under a series of forced relocation programs. In 1887, these programs culminated in the Dawes Act, a federal bill that not only allowed privatization of reservation areas, but also subjected all Native Americans to federal law.

Fast forward to 2014. That year, the US Department of Justice issued the Wilkinson memo which stated all federal guidelines for medical marijuana states (e.g. no selling to kids, no cannabis crossing state lines) would apply…

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