Shinnecock Nation To Grow Medical Marijuana And Build Dispensary On Reservation
The Shinnecock Indian Nation will grow and process medical marijuana and build a dispensary on reservation land by the end of the year, tribal officials said this week.
The tribe's general council, or voting populace on Saturday passed a measure that would allow the tribe to construct both a cultivation facility and a dispensary on reservation land.
According to Tribal Trustee Chairman Bryan Polite, the ordinance is “coextensive” with the New York State Compassionate Care Act, which means that the tribe must abide by state regulations. Those regulations include ensuring that each potential patient has a medical marijuana registry identification card, as well as producing only liquid or oil preparations, or capsules of the drug. The Compassionate Care Act does not permit the use of medical marijuana by smoking.