A memo issued by the U.S Department of Justice last fall made it clear that the Obama Administration will not stand in the way of tribes who choose to get involved in the business of marijuana, as long as the tribes follow certain guidelines. That set off a wave of conferences across the country between tribal groups and people familiar with the marijuana industry. So far, only one tribe has stepped forward to say they’re going to grow medical marijuana, but others have expressed interest, including the The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
A new bill before the Washington State Legislature would allow the governor to enter into a compact with tribes who do decide to jump into marijuana-related businesses.
We talk to Christine Masse, a lawyer in Washington who recently testified in favor of the bill.