Menominee tribal members approve a pair of referendum questions concerning marijuana cultivation on the on the reservation. Nearly 58 percent supported allowing tribal members to smoke recreationally, 76.5 percent approved it for medicinal purposes. Tribal Chair Gary Besaw said the turnout – about 17 percent – was higher than for tribal elections.
“That tells me people assume this has greater consequence for the tribe, whether they believe these are going to be positive or negative,” Besaw said. Both questions were advisory, but Besaw said tribal legislators now have direction to proceed. “I believe that we will at least start that process at our September 3rd meeting, now that we have the certified results.”
Besaw said the legal and regulatory questions moving forward are a bit of “a moving target,” but for now tribal ordinances remain in effect. “It’s still illegal. Nothing has changed.” If tribal lawmakers do approve growing marijuana, it will only be available to tribal members, and only allowed on tribal lands.