Tribal Pot Consultants Criminally Charged
FLANDREAU, S.D. (CN) — South Dakota criminally charged two employees of a Colorado-based consulting firm Wednesday for their role in attempting to launch a marijuana resort on Santee Sioux land.
Matthew Hagen, of South Dakota, and Jonathan Hunt, of Colorado, are president and vice president of Monarch America, a consulting firm specializing in managing cannabis dispensaries.
Two weeks after the Santee Sioux's tribal leadership voted to legalize marijuana on the Flandreau Indian Reservation, in June 2015, the tribe contacted Hagen and Hunt for help setting up a marijuana "resort" that would include a marijuana growing facility, dispensary and nightclub.