US (WI): Another tribe in Wisconsin looking to enter cannabis business

Another tribal nation in Wisconsin is looking for a way to get into the cannabis business to diversify revenue, despite it still being illegal in the state.

The Sokaogon Chippewa Community, or Mole Lake Band of Ojibwe, in Forest County, recently partnered with the Wisconsin-based national organization Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association, which seeks to help Indigenous entrepreneurs and entities enter the cannabis industry.

"With the plant's healing medicinal properties and the economic opportunities that the industry provides, we're optimistic about the impacts on our community," Robert Van Zile, chairman of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, said in a statement. "With ICIA in our corner, we're poised to take a strategic and phased approach to entering this emerging industry."

It's no surprise that Van Zile would be leading his tribe toward the cannabis industry. As a speaker at this year's State of the Tribes Address in Madison, he urged lawmakers to legalize cannabis in the state.


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