Puyallup Tribe updates compact in order to cultivate marijuana

The Puyallup Tribe operates the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center in Fife, Washington. Photo by Indigenous Life Movement

The Puyallup Tribe has updated its marijuana compact with the state of Washington.

The tribe originally signed the agreement to address Medicine Creek Analytics, its cannabis research and testing institute. But the tribe now plans to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes, The Tacoma News-Tribune reports.

"I think it’s really important that somebody take the lead in this industry and in this medicine and it just came around this time it was us," Chairman Bill Sterud told the paper.

Medicine Creek Analytics is located at the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center, the tribe's cancer center. Marijuana can be used as treatment by cancer patients.

The tribe is the third with a marijuana compact in Washington.

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Puyallup Tribe pursuing medical marijuana grow after signing deal with state (The Tacoma News-Tribune 8/3)

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

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