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Last December, the federal government took the weed world by surprise when it announced Native American tribes were free to legally grow cannabis crops on their reservations as long as they reside in states with progressive marijuana laws.
Yet, on July 8, the feds backed off this promise and invaded two tribes’ grows near Alturas, California (Northern California). In total, the federal agents snagged 12,000 pot plants and more than 100 pounds of cannabis from the Pit River tribe and the Alturas Rancheria.
Oddly, the enterprises were financially supported by Grand River Enterprises, a major Canadian-based tobacco company that dishes out its products to tribes in America. The raid, supported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, cites the tribes “taking things too far” with their grow operations by “violating federal law” because the grows weren’t in line with California’s Compassionate Use Act.
Apparently, politics were also at play in this scenario, as a dispute between tribes led to a tip-off to the feds. But what’s unclear here is why the same federal government that just eight months ago gave the green-light to tribes to grow weed would come down so hard on those same tribes–and seize so much good crop.
For tribes in states like Minnesota and South Dakota that are actively pursuing the dream of producing legal weed on their reservations, the news must give them some reservations. If the government won’t keep its word in California, then why would it in any other state?