Published November 8, 2015
FLANDREAU, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has suspended its marijuana cultivation and distribution facilities after a consultation with officials of the United States. Additionally, the Tribe has agreed to burn its current crop.
The Tribe legalized marijuana on June 11, 2015 through a 36-page ordinance with the intention of growing and selling marijuana.
This weekend’s suspension came after tribal officials met with officials of the U.S. government. The Tribe will now seek a clarification from the U.S. Department of Justice before it proceeds further with any operation to grow and sell marijuana.
The Tribe intends to successfully participate in the marijuana industry, and Tribal leadership is undaunted by this brief sidestep, according to a tribal official.
The Tribe did not announce the monetary value of the pot that will be destroyed.