In December, the U.S. Justice Department stated that they would not be enforcing marijuana laws on Native American lands, giving 566 recognized tribes an economic opportunity. The first place to start getting into action is Mendocino County, California.
The 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation, outside of Ukiah, inked a deal last month with United Cannabis of Colorado and Kansas-based FoxBarry Farms to grow medical marijuana on the tribe’s land. The plan aims to have a 2.5 acre grow facility on the 90,000 acre territory, to be fully operational within a few months. The deal gives FoxBarry exclusive distribution rights to United Cannabis brands in California. United will be in charge of cultivation, harvest, processing and sales of the medical marijuana and edibles, as well as a $200,000 advance in royalties and 15% of net sales.