It’s a confusing time for the marijuana legalization movement. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana use. But the federal government maintains its criminal designation. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently said that heroin is only “slightly worse” than marijuana. For tribes getting into the business, confusion around pot legality is just as murky. The “Cole Memo” appeared to provide a green light for tribes in states that legalized recreational use. But there a few high profile setbacks. We’ll hear from operators with big plans as well as the first tribe in the U.S. to open a legal marijuana business.
Mike Ogden (Squaxin Island Tribe) – store manager of Elevation a retail cannabis shop located on the Squaxin Island Indian Reservation
Lael Echo Hawk (Pawnee) – general counsel for the National Indian Cannabis Coalition
Leonard Salgado – vice president of business development for Ultra Health
Break music: Herbivore (feat. Ozzie) (song) Leilani Wolfgramm (artist) Rebel (album)