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North Carolina: Marijuana Could Be Legal Soon On Cherokee Reservation

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marijuana could soon be legal on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, just three hours from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tribal leaders recently passed a resolution to allow a study on how cannabis could be legalized and used on the reservation, reports Brittany Nicholson at News Channel 9. The study will examine using marijuana for medical and recreational purposes in Cherokee, North Carolina, which is considered its own sovereign nation.

"When what's been referred to as the Cole Memorandum was released by the Department of Justice in October of 2014, this really kick-started the whole conversation," said Joey Owle, a a member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and also an organizer of the group Common Sense Cannabis.

Owle presented the feasibility study to the tribal council in October.

"We're talking about a plant, cannabis, marijuana, whether it's a medical application or it's industrial hemp, it's a plant," Owle said. "It has a variety of uses and we shouldn't be neglecting that. We as Cherokee people always used plants for medicine, so that's where were playing into, is our culture."

Cherokee County Sheriff Derrick Palmer, predictably enough, is freaking out about "the future of North Carolina" if marijuana becomes legal. The county contains almost 6,000 acres of tribal land.

Alaska: Horticultural Supplier Named For Tribal Medical Marijuana Grow Facility

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Anything Technologies Media, Inc. on Thursday announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Frontier Indoor Garden Solutions (FIGS), has been announced as both the horticultural supplier and the project manager for a My Compassion originated medical cannabis facility project with a Native American Group located in Alaska.

The project will be funded through My Compassion by one of its finance Teaming Partners. "The first phase of the project, is a comprehensive on-site assessment, and determines the human, physical, and natural resources available from the Tribe(s), as well as the needs and requirements of the Tribal Community Members, is set to begin in August of this year," the company announced in a prepared statement.

The My Compassion program includes a comprehensive educational program as well as pre-approval from Federal law enforcement, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and state and local government authorities, according to the press release.

As project manager and horticultural supplier, FIGS will utilize the members of its group, the Cannabis Facility Development Consortium (CFDC), to provide products and services to the project.

The value of these products and services for the grow facility are expected to exceed several million dollars of gross revenue for the company, according to the press release.

"More detailed revenue projections are dependent on the results of the on-site assessment and will be available upon conclusion," according to the company.

California: Federal Agents Raid Tribal Marijuana Farm, Seize 12,000 Plants

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Dreams of a new era of federal tolerance of cannabis cultivation on Native American tribal lands took a big hit Wednesday as law enforcement officers from at least four agencies raided land occupied by two tribes in California, seizing at least 12,000 plants and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana.

"Other than contraband marijuana and items of evidentiary value, no tribal property was seized and no federal charges are pending," claimed U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District of California, which includes Modoc County, where the raids occurred, reports Denny Walsh at The Sacramento Bee.

Warrants signed on Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney gave federal agents the authority to search "two large-scale marijuana cultivation facilities located on federally recognized tribal lands at the Alturas Indian Rancheria and the XL Ranch in Modoc County." The county is in the northeast corner of California, with Oregon directly to the north and Nevada directly to the east.

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