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US (NY): Native American nations eyeing the cannabis industry

At least two Native American nations in New York are taking active steps to get into the cannabis business in the wake of the state’s legalization of adult-use recreational weed this month.

The Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island plans to break ground on a cannabis facility in the next few weeks with hopes of selling cannabis later this year, according to a report in Newsday. The Saint Regis Mohawks in Northern New York this week are discussing a tribal ordinance that would regulate legal cannabis on its territory near Hogansburg in Franklin County, according to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.

It’s possible those operations could be up and running before the state is able to set up it own regulations for the legal sale of cannabis. Although possession of up to three ounces by those 21 and over is currently legal, state officials have estimated it might take 18 to 24 months for the legal production and sale of non-medical cannabis to begin statewide.


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