Is Cannabis The New Casino For Native Americans In South California?

Who does not love playing BandarQ and casino? If you live in South California and are a big fan of gambling, chances are good that you may have come across games set by the tribes. Yes, it is the profession of some tribes in South California to set up casinos and earn their life through the games. Now with the legalisation of recreational cannabis in California, many of the native tribes have taken to cannabis industry to be “economically alive”. But, is the cannabis industry that open? Read on to find out.

The Sad Story of Discrimination

Santa Ysabel’s Iipay Nation has a Mountain Source Cannabis store which was very recently opened. Back in 2014, the tribal leaders had failed to run a casino and had abandoned the casino. Now, the back part of the casino is being used to cultivate and bake marijuana with some more space under marijuana cultivation. The tribals came to the cannabis industry just to make a living out of it, but, there is a major hurdle – it is really unclear if they can sell their products freely off the reservation.

The tribals can always grow and sell cannabis in their own sovereign land. But, with the legalisation of the recreational marijuana, they are not being able to join the regulated market in California.

What is the Issue?

California’s step of legalising recreational cannabis has required that the sellers of cannabis get state licenses and to issue licenses, the local agencies should approve these cannabis businesses. But the cities and counties near the tribal reservations insist that they do not have any authority over the tribal land. So, there is nobody who has received proper licence to trade cannabis in Indian County by any of the three agencies that give out licenses for cannabis trade.

So, can cannabis become today’s casinos or bandarq? Not as of now. Unless there is a change in the rules of California Cannabis laws, there is not much hope for the tribal leaders who want to take get into regulated Cannabis industry as a means of life for their tribes.