US: Senate Committee to hold meeting on cannabis issues with Indian tribes

A Senate Committee has scheduled a meeting for next week that will focus on cannabis issues in Indian communities.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), posted a notice of the listening session titled “Cannabis in Indian Country,” which is set to take place on June 17.

The notice, posted on Friday, doesn’t include any specific details about what kind of ground the discussion will cover, but Schatz’s communications director told Marijuana Moment that it’s an opportunity for tribes to share feedback on cannabis issues with Senate staffers. The session is not considered a formal hearing, and so it is not expected that senators themselves will necessarily be present.

Nonetheless, it stands to reason that the issue of Tribal sovereignty to enact cannabis policy changes without interference from the federal government would be a key area of interest for stakeholders at the meeting.

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