The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is destroying its marijuana crop and temporarily suspending plans to open a lounge selling marijuana on New Year’s Eve,
Seth Pearman, the tribe’s lawyer, says the tribe was destroying its existing crop and temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and disturbing facilities while leaders seek clarification from the federal government.
He says tribal leaders were confident that the venture would succeed after seeking clarification on regulations from the Justice Department
The Santee Sioux plan to become the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize the drug following the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision last year to allow tribes to do so on tribal land.
State Attorney General Marty Jackley says the decision is in the best interest of both tribal and non-tribal members.
Jackley plans to meet with tribal officials today or Tuesday.
The tribe has said the project could generate up to $2 million a month in profit.
The tribe’s executive committee voted in June to make the sale and use of marijuana legal on its reservation in Moody County, about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls.