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Local Tribes Against Allowing Marijuana On Their Lands

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 Tribal leaders are weighing in on an unexpected decision by the justice department to allow tribes to grow and sell marijuana on tribal property.

“Surprised mainly. You know that's something we've never really considered doing," says Wyandotte 2nd Chief Norman Hildebrand.

He tells me Wyandotte is fundamentally against marijuana's legalization, it's even in their tribal bylaws. and he says it would be harmful to society."

“We like to abide by state and federal laws and plus it would just set a bad example towards our tribal youth. We always try to be good role models for them and try to express to them to be the best that they can be."

Marijuana is still illegal by federal and state law in Oklahoma, and Hildebrand said it would just create confusion.

Other local tribes also resounded in opposition.

Eastern Shawnee Chief Ron Sparkman says

"The Eastern Shawnee tribe does not want to be involved in any shape or form."

Quapaw tribe is on the fence, their PR Director saying

"We think it is in our best interest to wait and see what happens in state legislatures and courts."

Tribal members from Seneca-Cayuga are also in disagreement,

“I'm not in favor of it at all. I think we have an alcoholism problem and we don't need any more addictions,” says Joan Edwards.

“It shouldn't be legal anywhere. Whether it's Indian tribe or public bilands at all. It's nothing but a problem,” says Wyandotte husband Orval Qualls.

Some said they would be interested in setting up pot shops, but weren't willing to go on camera.

In Ottawa County, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS. 
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