Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announces partnership with Colorado marijuana grower

View Map

Wednesday, leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe announced they will work with Monarch America to grow and distribute marijuana on the reservation.

Two weeks ago, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe's executive committee voted to legalize the use of recreational marijuana on tribal lands. It says Monarch America will be responsible designing a growing facility on the Flandreau Reservation. Monarch America is based in Denver, Colorado and has set up similar operations in Colorado.

"This is a great economic development for them and we are excited to be a part of it," Monarch America President and CEO Eric Hagen said.

The tribe's resolution outlines some very specific conditions of use. Anyone over the age if 21 will be able to come onto a designated site on tribal lands to consume up to one gram of marijuana, the equivalent of one joint. The marijuana must be smoked on the premises. The tribe will not allow people to purchase marijuana to take off the reservation.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is the first in the nation to legalize marijuana in a state where it is not legal. Reider said in a previous interview that the tribe is trying to get ahead of the curve to help generate more income for the tribe down the road.

"Since we've got that opportunity, we'll be able to get things in place when the state passes it or nationwide legalization happens," Reider said.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has told KSFY News that this is a topic many states are still looking into. Right now he is closely following federal lawsuits out of Colorado and Oklahoma, but in the meantime the state's priority will be to enforce state laws anywhere off the reservation.