Voters braved wintry conditions to vote in favor of marijana project on Warm Springs reservation.
Published December 19, 2015
WARM SPRINGS, OREGON— The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs tribal citizens voted Thursday, December 17, 2015, to approve a cannabis proposal pursued by Warm Springs Ventures, the Tribes’ economic development corporation.
The cannabis proposal calls for the production and construction of a processing facility on the reservation with marijuana sales at three tribal run stores
Despite wintry conditions earlier in the day, a record number of tribal citizens–1,450– went to the polls to approve the referendum. The measure was approved with 1,252 or 86% voting in favor to 198 against.
Marijuana sales became legal in Oregon on October 1, 2015, but remained illegal on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
To date, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs becomes the largest tribe in Indian Country to enter into the regulated marijuana market. It is estimated some 12 tribes have pursued marijuana enterprises within the past year.
The Tribes will now work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S Department of Justice, and state of Oregon to work out the details of making marijuana sales a reality on the reservation.