Tribes choose paths into cannabis industry
August 24, 2020
TRAVERSE CITY — Tribal chairman Bryan Newland said he was looking for help during one of his early encounters with Andrew Brisbo, the director of Michigan’s new Marijuana Regulatory Authority.
A state-licensed cannabis company was delivering its product to tribal citizens on the Bay Mills Indian Community’s reservation, in violation of tribal and federal law. Newland said when he raised his concerns, Brisbo simply responded “That’s not my problem.”
According to Newland, many of the tribe’s interactions with the MRA have been equally unhelpful, and disrespectful of sovereignty.