The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs tribal membership approved a referendum on December 17, 2015 to own and operate a cannabis production, processing, wholesale and retail sales of these products. The referendum also authorized the production, sale, wholesale and retail sale of industrial hemp for future development.
These activities will be highly regulated through licensing requirements and a tracking system that will track the products from seed to sale to ensure they are sold only at approved outlets for off reservation use.
The Warm Springs Cannabis Regulatory Commission oversees an Executive Director position and they serve as the regulatory arm to this project. If you have any questions or need further information please contact the Secretary/Treasurer’s office at 541-553-3232.
Purpose of Cannabis Economic Development Project
This project will promote tribal employment opportunities, serve as a source of revenue and diversify the Tribal economy. During the construction phase of the project the local construction enterprise services will be utilized.
Summary of the Cannabis Economic Development Project
To develop a 100% Tribally owned, operated, and regulated Tribal cannabis cultivation (growing) and extraction (extract oils from plant) facility for medical and recreational cannabis (and hemp) on the reservation with sales only allowed off reservation at tribally owned and operated retail stores within the state of Oregon (Portland, Salem, Corvallis, & Eugene market). Currently, medical and recreational cannabis is legally sold to adults over the age of 21 throughout the state of Oregon. This project will be operated in a highly regulated, secure, safe and controlled indoor growing facility that reflects the culture of our environmental responsibility as stewards of our land.
Policy and Regulation
Federal Policy Compliance
Thursday, January 4, 2018
U.S. Attorney Statement on Marijuana Enforcement in the District of Oregon. Portland, Ore., – Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
“As noted by Attorney General Sessions, today’s memo on marijuana enforcement directs all U.S. Attorneys to use the reasoned exercise of discretion when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana crimes. We will continue working with out federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to pursue shared public safety objectives, with an emphasis on stemming the overproduction of marijuana and the diversion of marijuana out of state, dismantling criminal organizations and thwarting violent crime in our communities.”
Tribal Code and Regulatory Commission
Warm Springs Tribal Code, Chapter 743, establishes the Cannabis Code, the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and authority for licensing and issuing permits, collecting fees, establishing regulations to implement the Cannabis code and to protect public health and safety. Retail sales allowed off reservation only. Warm Springs Tribal Code Chapter 744 establishes the hemp code in alignment with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The Warm Springs Cannabis Regulatory Commission has been established and is comprised of three members appointed by the Warm Springs Tribal Council.
CTWS and State of Oregon – Intergovernmental Agreement
Terms of the agreement have been finalized. The intent is to coordinate the regulation of production, processing, sale and possession that recognize the independent regulatory and enforcement obligations of each sovereign.
The completion of this agreement coordinates the Tribal cannabis regulation and licensing process with the State of Oregon cannabis regulation process. The issues have been worked out one by one in a way we feel protects the Oregon consumer as well as our tribal sovereignty.