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White Plume asks feds to step aside


MANDERSON— With recent shifts in policy at all levels of government and an ever softening position amongst the general public about the criminalization of marijuana, one Oglala Lakota citizen is again reigniting his efforts to grow and manufacture hemp on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

For more than ten years Oglala Lakota citizen, Alex White Plume, has lobbied tribal, state, and federal officials to grant him the right to grow and manufacture industrialized hemp. Although the tribe has been open to hemp farming in the past the federal government has stood by a decade old injunction that prevents White Plume from harvesting industrialized hemp on the Reservation.


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