Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon are now saying yes to going green and have made the final decisions to get involved in the cannabis industry.
Last week’s vote to develop an extensive facility for cultivation that would sell product through stores owned by three tribes here in Portland and other locations off the reservation, OregonLive reported.
The plan set by the confederation is to build a 36,000-square-foot greenhouse for cannabis cultivation. The three stores would create more than 80 jobs and produce more than $26 million in annual sales officials estimated. Sales are expected to begin late next year.
The tribes noted that they would take the necessary actions to make sure regulations (including testing) exceed state standards. The first Native American marijuana business opened its doors in Washington State last month, at the Squaxin Island Reservation southwest from Seattle. It is said that many more are expected to take the same steps to break into the cannabis market over the coming year.
This year, an estimated half-dozen tribes have legalized marijuana or highly considered marijuana-related projects, but so far, the only feasible tribal cannabis business plans have manifested in states where medical and recreational marijuana is already legal.