US (MI): Tribe authorizes cannabis business

The GTB cannabis ordinance enacted by all six of The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council in May will go into effect Aug. 29.

Tribal chairman David Arroyo said that the ordinance is similar to the Michigan Marijuana regulation and that it will fundamentally allow the authorization for a tribal chartered entity to engage in all aspects of an integrated cannabis business.

In 2019, GTB followed the 2018 Michigan referendum for legal recreational cannabis. The tribe held their own referendum, with an overwhelming support from tribal citizens to decriminalize use and possession of cannabis on most tribal reservation land.

Under the ordinance, the tribe will regulate and control the commercial cultivation, processing, distribution, and sale of cannabis and cannabis products for the adult use legally (persons over the age of 21) within the tribe’s jurisdiction.

It states that the council on behalf of the tribe finds that the tribal economy needs to be diversified beyond what is “primarily tourism-based business,” and that “cannabis is an economic commodity in an emerging market that is not based on tourism.”


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