Warm Springs tribes to enter pot market
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will jump into the marijuana market this year. The tribe broke ground last year on a 36,000 square-foot greenhouse facility and three (off-reservation) dispensaries.
The Warm Springs Tribes are the first in the nation to develop a vertically integrated cannabis business, including cultivation, processing, extraction, wholesale and retail operations in medical and recreational cannabis. Sentinel Strainwise, LLC was announced as the official consultant to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in their creation of a cannabis economic development project.
“We understand the importance of this project in terms of its economic impact and also in regard to our stewardship of resources, including water, electricity and recyclables,” said Erin Phillips, President and CEO of Strainwise, a consultant hired to help the tribes create their cannabis economic development project.
The Warm Springs Tribes and Sentinel Strainwise will adhere to the Cole Memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and a three-page policy statement that Director Monty Wilkinson of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys delivered to all U.S. Attorneys on Oct. 28, 2014. The Cole Memorandum provides guidance for prosecutors regarding enforcement of marijuana laws. The Wilkinson statement details the federal government’s position toward marijuana cultivation on tribal grounds.