There are more than 300 federally-recognized Indian Reservations in the United States, and each one has the power to choose whether or not they legalize marijuana.
FLANDREAU, SD – The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian Reservation has legalized the sale and use of marijuana on tribal land.
Last Thursday, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe Executive Committee became the first reservation in the state to legalize marijuana.
Plans call for one facility where marijuana will be grown, and another place to buy and use the drug for medicinal and recreational use for those over 21.
Those under 21 could use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. It’s a controversial issue for the reservation, and the community of Flandreau.
Tribal President Anthony Reider says The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe is used to stepping forward and taking a stance on controversial issues.
“Throughout Indian country, Flandreau’s been trail-blazers,” Reider said. “We were with the casino, we were the second compacted tribe in the United States, the first and largest casino in between Atlantic City and Las Vegas, so it’s something that’s not new to us. We kind of like taking the forefront on issues.”