Southern California Native American Council Wary of Government’s Pot Announcement


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Last Thursday, the Department of Justice released a three-page memo announcing that the federal government will not prosecute Native Americans growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even in states where the drug is illegal. So will dispensaries become the new casinos?
Probably not. Many tribal leaders, including Executive Director of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission Ron Andrade, found the announcement surprising and suspicious.

Andrade has nothing against cannabis, and expressed interest in the business opportunity. “I’d rather see the guys on the reservation hooked on marijuana that hooked on alcohol,” he says.
More at the LA Weekly.