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Across the Region: Tribe burned pot crop for fear of federal raid


A South Dakota Native American tribe that sought to open the nation’s first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid.

According to Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider, the move came in the wake of a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.

Reider said the tribe wasn’t told a raid was imminent — only that one was possible if the government’s concerns weren’t addressed. He said the main holdup is whether the tribe can sell marijuana to non-Indians, along with the origin of the seeds used for its crop.

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