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Update December 29, 2016

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Update December 29, 2016

From Cannabis Project Coordinator

As 2016 comes to a close we look back at the 2015 referendum and the work that has been done to date to implement the People’s decision. On December 27, 2016, the Warm Springs Tribal Council voted in favor of the intergovernmental agreement with the State of Oregon that clears the way for the export of Warm Springs products for sale into the regulated state market. This comprehensive agreement protects both Warm Springs Tribal sovereignty interests as well as Oregon’s consumer. The negotiations over a year are built to be flexible as the state market is relatively new and has experienced many ongoing changes; some seen and others unforeseen. We look forward to Governor Kate Brown signing this agreement into law as it culminates a year of work that went from getting a Tribal Amendment to Oregon’s Measure 91 (Click here for Measure 91 PDF ) to delegate the Governor authority to negotiate and enter into an agreement with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. This agreement is comprehensive and the first of its kind in Oregon and will make entering Oregon’s regulated market a smooth transition and also shows potential investors and partners that our project as outlined is respected by Salem.

The Warm Springs Cannabis Commission and the Executive Director will work daily to ensure a ‘robust regulatory’ framework is in place on-reservation by requiring the enterprise to be in strict compliance with the U.S. Department of Justices’ Cole and Wilkinson Memoranda that outline a framework for both State and Tribal Cannabis programs.

Some setbacks in our timeline for construction have been frustrating and we are working hard to solidify our investment partners as well as management agreements in order to get moving as soon as we can and appreciate the patience and support from the Tribal Membership greatly. We thank the Community for the strong voter turnout and look forward to exciting announcements in early 2017 as we collectively move forward and implement the objectives in the Referendum.

Pi-Ta L. Pitt

Other resources with links:

Memorandum from David W. Ogden, Deputy Attorney General, Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana Full PDF click here

Memorandum from James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General, Seeking to Authorize Medical Marijuana for Medical Use Full PDF click here

Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country Full PDF click here

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