By Anthony Broadman
Despite all of the hysteria surrounding marijuana in Indian Country, the era of Tribally regulated pot sales starts today, quietly, at Squaxin Island.
There are no 30,000-plant busts, no lawyer conventions about how to best exploit cannabis for Tribal economic development, no fly-by-night financiers espousing new theories of tribal jurisdiction.
Instead, at 4:20 today, the Squaxin Island Tribe will open an appropriately modest storefront, that complies carefully with the priorities of the Wilkinson Memo, and achieves inter-local serenity through a compact with the state.
This is how sensible tribal pot regulation begins; not with a bang, but a whisper.
Anthony Broadman is a partner at Galanda Broadman PLLC. He can be reached at 206.321.2672, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via www.galandabroadman.com.