The Elko Indian Colony, one of the four bands of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, hosted the Longest Walk 5 against drug abuse and domestic violence in March 2017. Photo: Elko Band Council

Te-Moak Tribe plans vote on casino and marijuana facility on Elko Band Colony

The Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone is interested in operating a casino and marijuana dispensary in Nevada.

The business would be located on the Elko Indian Colony, one of the four bands of the tribe. A community meeting was held on Sunday to discuss the idea.

But an anticipated vote never occurred due to questions from the community, The Elko Daily Free Press reported. Among other issues, citizens were worried about the legality of a marijuana operation in Indian Country, the paper said.

Marijuana is legal for recreational and medicinal purposes in Nevada. A handful of tribes have already entered into compact with the state to address the sale and distribution of the drug on their lands.

Thanks to the shift in the landscape, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe just opened the NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, which is being billed as the largest marijuana retail outlet in the world, FOX5 reported. The facility is located on the tribe's reservation in Las Vegas.

The Te-Moak Tribe would appear to be on solid ground as a result but a new local ordinance bars growing, dispensing or selling the drug in unincorporated areas of Elko County, The Elko Daily Free Press reported. The county lacks jurisdiction on the reservation but the differences in law could lead to scrutiny of the tribe's operation.

A vote on the casino and the dispensary is due to take place Wednesday, the paper said. A company called Cannabis Consulting Group is behind the project.

The 192-acre Elko Indian Colony is in the northeastern part of Nevada, far from large population centers in Las Vegas and Reno.

Read More on the Story:
Tribe delays pot vote until Wednesday (The Elko Daily Free Press October 23, 2017)
Band council to vote on marijuana business in Elko colony (The Elko Daily Free Press October 20, 2017)

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