Native American Mary Jane Competition

First it was no-tax cigarettes, then Indian Casinos, and now government sanctioned marijuana farming on Native American reservations. Details at the LA Times:

U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing, selling pot on their lands — Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department on Thursday will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice.

Why should we care? The largest agricultural crop in Nevada County is marijuana. Nevada County’s marijuana is know around the world as some of the best in the market. My source, Oregon Service Station Attendants. That recognition brings a lot of money to Nevada County. Some stiff competition from the Native American marijuana farmers in California and through out the West could provide some stiff competition for our largest agricultural product.  Less money to spend in local stores.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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