Image Source: Duluth News Tribune, May 22, 2020
Image Source: Duluth Reader, May 28, 2020

Members of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota recently voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. The members are descendants of the Ojibwe or Chippewa people and live in Red Lake, MN, which is near Bemidji.

The tribal nation is the first and only tribe in Minnesota to have a medical cannabis program. Minnesota currently has two state registered manufacturers of medical cannabis – Leafline Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions.

The tribe’s medical cannabis program will be less restrictive than the state’s program and will allow medical cannabis in “flower” form, which is prohibited under the state’s program. In addition, the tribe’s medical cannabis program is anticipated to have 20 more qualifying conditions than the state’s program. For example, opioid addiction will likely be an allowed qualifying condition.

Members of the Chippewa Cannabis Party hope that the approval of the tribe’s medical marijuana program will lead to full recreational legalization on the reservation.

The tribe’s hemp production plan was also approved by the United States Department of Agriculture on May 27, 2020. The tribe’s first hemp dispensary store on the reservation opened today.

We will provide updates on the tribe’s medical cannabis program as they develop. Please contact us if you have any questions on marijuana, cannabis, cbd, hemp, and medical cannabis.