Exclusive: National Indian Cannabis Coalition aims to bring tribes together – The Cannabist
Published: Mar 9, 2015, 6:28 pm By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff America’s first Indian-focused marijuana trade organization will launch Tuesday when the National Indian Cannabis Coalition debuts at a reservation economic summit in Las Vegas, The Cannabist has learned.
The NICC’s official launch is yet another sign of the excitement surrounding tribes’ newfound ability to legalize and regulate on-reservation marijuana, per a Department of Justice memo released in December.
The NICC will announce its launch at RES, a.k.a. the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development trade show, in Nevada on Tuesday. The company’s mission, according to its new website, is “to inform and educate tribal leaders on the emerging regulated cannabis markets from an entrepreneurial and operations perspective.”
The Cannabist spoke with NICC co-chair Allyson Doctor, a health care professional and member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, in advance of the organization’s launch.
The Cannabist: Why is there a need for an Indian-specific trade group for the marijuana space?
Allyson Doctor: We’ve seen a need in Indian country, and to be able to act as a resource in a space that didn’t have anybody there just yet — that’s big. This is a huge opportunity, and we really wanted to make sure tribes had access to educational resources in this space. If they choose to go down this road, we want to make sure that they’re successful.
Cannabist: What are tribes curious about right now?
Doctor: There are a lot of unknowns, a lot of questions about regulation and policy and how tribes will work with their district attorneys and how they’ll be able to leverage this opportunity because it’s not the kind of opportunity that comes about very often.
Cannabist: What makes you and your partners the right people for this job?
Doctor: Our partners started in this industry a little over a year ago. We have a state license in Nevada, and at the end of last year the Department of Justice came out with a memorandum that opened discussion to tribes talking about the regulation of … – Click Here To Visit Article Source