Two consultants who helped a South Dakota Native American tribe sow its first crop as it sought to develop the nation’s first marijuana resort have been charged with drug crimes.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says 34 year old Eric Hagen of Sioux Falls has been charged with several marijuana possession charges.
43 year old Jonathan Hunt of Colorado has been charged with conspiracy to possess less than a pound of marijuana in exchange for his cooperation with law enforcement.
Hunt is expected to enter a plea to his charge on August 15th.
The charges come eight months after the Flandreau Santee Sioux destroyed the marijuana crop they had been growing on tribal land under the guidance of Hagen and Hunt’s company, Monarch America.
The tribe cited federal concerns about the project that led them to fear a raid.
Jackley had warned that legal changes that appeared to clear the way for tribes to grow marijuana wouldn’t protect non-tribal members and wouldn’t apply to non-tribal land.