OST Members Voting Tuesday On Legalizing Marijuana, Medical Pot

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote tomorrow on whether to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Many tribal members hope it will bring economic development to one of the most impoverished areas in the country, but the plans could also ignite clashes with federal and state authorities.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe attempted to set up a marijuana resort in the eastern part of South Dakota in 2015, but eventually burned its cannabis crop out of fear of a federal raid.

If tomorrow’s measure passes, the Oglala Sioux Tribe would become the only Native American tribe in the country to set up a cannabis market in a state where it’s illegal. The tribe thinks it could rake in millions of dollars by allowing dispensaries and a lounge for pot.

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