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S’Klallam Tribe taking cautious approach to marijuana

The Suquamish Tribe made headlines this week as it announced plans to enter the recreational marijuana market by November.

The announcement came after the state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to approve a marijuana compact with the Suquamish, the first agreement of its kind in the country.

The Squaxin Island Tribe, based in Shelton, is also negotiating a compact with the state, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. 

PortGambleSklallamIn Kingston, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has taken a cautious approach to the issue of marijuana legalization and sales. PGST Executive Director Kelly Sullivan sent this statement to the Kitsap Sun on Wednesday:

“PGST does not currently have any solid plans to move toward the marijuana business. 

There are several issues on the marijuana spectrum that are being considered. 

Decriminalization, legalization, medicinal use, recreational sale, manufacturing/distributing, all have different potential impacts in our community. 

The Tribe is not taking these decisions lightly and is considering impacts each of these different potential changes and how they each balance with the values of our tribe.”