SD Tribal Consultants Enter Opposing Pleas in Narcotics Case

A pair of Colorado-based consultants who were contracted to help a South Dakota tribe start a marijuana resort on Native American land have entered opposing pleas in connection with state narcotics crimes.

The case highlights how tribal interests in marijuana have receded since a U.S. Department of Justice memo in late 2014 sparked a short-lived speculative rush that tribes nationwide could get the green light by the federal government to grow and sell cannabis.

The South Dakota tribe, the Flandreau Santee Sioux, represented the most…

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