New York’s Cayuga Nation To Sell Recreational Cannabis

New York’s Cayuga Nation To Sell Recreational Cannabis
High Times

New York’s Cayuga Nation Native American tribe is preparing to launch an adult-use cannabis cultivation enterprise, months before state-licensed recreational pot retailers begin serving customers. Under the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) passed by lawmakers last year, possession of cannabis became legal for adults in September. But regulators are still working to manage and license adult-use cannabis businesses, with retailers not expected to open until spring of 2023. As sovereign nations, however, Native American tribal governments have the power to regulate cannabis production and sales on tribal lands. Last summer, the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island announced that it was beginning a commercial cannabis operation on its land. And now the Cayuga Nation, which is already the home of hemp and CBD brand Arrowhead Hemp, is also delving into the recreational weed industry. Freeman Klopott, a spokesperson for the state Office of Cannabis Management, says that New York’s tribal nations have the right to enact and implement their own cannabis regulatory structure. “Native Americans living on federally recognized, sovereign tribal land are legally allowed to operate dispensaries that are not regulated under the New York State cannabis law,” Klopott told Politico. He also said the state “has the ability to enter into agreements with tribes through tribal compacts to integrate them into the state program if all parties can agree to terms,” although no tribes have established such an agreement. Tribal lawyer Lee Redeye said that state regulators’ delay in implementing cannabis legalization presents an opportunity for tribal governments to get a head start on the recreational cannabis market. “There’s a considerable amount of money to be made in the industry, especially with New York lagging behind,” said Redeye. Cultivation Facility Under Development The Cayuga Nation has decided to exercise its authority to self-regulate cannabis and is currently creating…

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