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US (NY): Shinnecock Indian Nation to break ground on cannabis cultivation facility

The Shinnecock Indian Nation is planning to break ground on a marijuana cultivation facility on its Southampton reservation in the coming weeks. Shinnecock leaders tell News 12 they are planning to build a 20,000-square-foot marijuana facility. The tribal chairman says they are working on regulations for licensing.

Recreational sales could start at the tribe's smoke shops on Montauk Highway this summer, but only after a vote by the entire tribe. "If the tribe does proceed forward with recreational cannabis, we're also looking to have sales before year's end," says Bryan A. Polite, chairman of the Council of Trustees.

Leaders also say they are working with their own regulatory agency to adapt the tribe's medical cannabis laws for the production and sale of marijuana for adults.

"There should be medical cannabis sales by the end of the summer and absolutely before the end of the year," says Polite.


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