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Fort Peck Tribes moving towards full legalization of marijuana

The flag of the Fort Peck Tribes. Image from Manataka American Indian Council

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana are moving towards legalization of marijuana for all purposes, a council member said.

The council voted 7-4 last month to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Garrett Big Leggins said tribal leaders will likely put an expansion before voters last this year.

“Our thinking at this point is to ask our tribal members by placing it on the ballot in our next tribal election, which is scheduled for October 31, 2015,” Big Leggins, who sits on the council, told US News.

The council has set a June 1 deadline to draft new laws to regulate the drug. The move comes on the heels of a Department of Justice policy that could allow for legal marijuana in Indian Country.

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Relevant Documents:
Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

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