South Dakota Native American Tribe Legalizes Marijuana

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe became last week the first South Dakota American Indian tribe to approve marijuana legalization. The approval came via the tribe’s executive committee voting on Thursday to adopt a legalization ordinance.

The tribe’s reservation is located in South Dakota, a state that still outlaws medical and recreational marijuana.

The new ordinance allows recreational marijuana use by people who are at least 21 years old. Medical marijuana use is an option for people of all ages, including minors with a doctor’s recommendation and the supervision of a parent or guardian. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is thus joining the 23 states, the District of Colombia, Guam, and Puerto Rico that have legal medical marijuana and the four states — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington — and DC that have legal recreational marijuana.

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