Shinnecock Nation chairman Bryan Polite said the tribe is working on a set of internal regulations for licensing recreational marijuana sales. Credit: Randee Daddona
The Shinnecock Indian Nation will break ground for a marijuana-cultivation facility on its Southampton reservation in the coming weeks, a leader said, as the tribe eyes the role of recreational marijuana sales for future economic development.
Newly reelected tribal chairman Bryan Polite said the tribe is working on a set of internal regulations for licensing recreational marijuana sales and that recreational sales could start this summer, but only after a vote by the entire tribe.
“We are working on regulations and hope to have something by the summer,” he said. How, and if, the program is open for recreational sales by tribal smoke shops on Montauk Highway are “questions that have to be answered by tribal members” through a vote.
The federally recognized Shinnecock Nation is a sovereign government that sets its rules through a governing council of trustees and committees with full tribal votes on major initiatives. Last year, the full tribe voted to create a new economic zone that will house the tribe’s first on-reservation Class II casino, with ground breaking happening this summer.
New York State on March 31 legalized adult-use of recreational marijuana but won’t license facilities to sell it recreationally for 18 months. Polite said so long as the full tribe approves it, the Shinnecock Nation could begin regulated adult-use sales by the summer.
Meanwhile, the tribe is forging ahead with a plan for medical-use marijuana, […]