Nevada’s Native American Tribes Are Betting Big on Marijuana

Nevada Native American tribal leaders can now deal directly with Governor Brian Sandoval on an issue that could bring economic development and support to their small communities thanks to a monumental bill Sandoval signed in June.

Senate Bill 375 allows for Nevada tribes to legally discuss cannabis regulation guidelines with the Governor’s office, saving a tremendous amount of time and bureaucratic red tape. Typically, there are laws preventing direct negotiations on matters of commerce between Native American tribes and state lawmakers.

As Nevada’s adult gaming landscape became crowded and oversaturated with casinos, an increasing number of tribes began looking elsewhere for revenue streams. With little to no economy in the desolate areas these tribes call home, money-making opportunities like the legal marijuana market don’t come around that often.

Three tribes are already jumping at the chance to get involved.

The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, the Yerington Paiute Tribe, and the Ely Shoshone Tribe have all signed compacts with the State of Nevada that will allow them to grow cannabis, produce products like concentrate and edibles, conduct lab testing, and…

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