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Chairman of Havasupai Tribe welcomes marijuana opportunity

Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona. Photo from Facebook

The Havasupai Tribe of Arizona welcomes the opportunity to grow marijuana on its reservation, Chairman Rex Tilousi said.

The tribe's economy largely depends on tourists who visit Grand Canyon National Park. Marijuana could offer a new avenue for development, said Tilousi, who admitted that he smokes the drug.

“I don’t have to hide behind that rock. I don’t have to go into those bushes to smoke," Tilousi told Fronteras after he learned of a Department of Justice policy that could open the door to legal marijuana in Indian Country.

Tribes are slowly announcing their interest in entering the emerging marijuana industry. The Pinoleville Pomo Nation in California plans to open the first grow operation in the coming weeks.

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Some Tribes See Opportunity In Marijuana Business, Others See Destruction (Fronteras 2/5)
Tribes Look To Capitalize On Marijuana Wave (MMJ Observer 2/4)
Will Native American tribes get into the pot business? (Fusion 2/4)
American Indian Tribes Look Into Multi-Million Dollar Marijuana Production (The Daily Caller 2/4)

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

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