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Omaha Tribe shifts its focus from legalizing pot to growing hemp


LINCOLN — Officials with the Omaha Tribe have tamped down their hopes of using marijuana to alleviate crippling poverty on their reservation.

Majorities in a November referendum voted to support legalizing the drug for recreational and medical purposes. The tribe’s elected officials said they would explore developing marijuana as a commercial enterprise on a reservation with 3,500 members plagued by 69 percent unemployment.


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