Native American marijuana … the next tribal gaming?

STARKVILLE – Let's take a little trip down memory lane as it relates to casino gaming in Mississippi.

Casino gaming was legalized in Mississippi in 1990 and was by 1992 open for business on the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River.

But Mississippi's gaming landscape – tied to the shores of the Gulf or the banks of the Mississippi by legislative intent – changed in 1992 when then-Gov. Kirk Fordice gave permission for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to develop a gaming enterprise under a gaming compact. The Silver Star Casino opened in 1994 and the Golden Moon Casino followed in 2002. By 2010, the MBCI had opened the Bok Homa Casino near Sandersville in Jones County.

One of the few significant political defeats of former Gov. Haley Barbour was his opposition to the Bok Homa Casino. He threw his considerable political weight around in Washington and in Jackson...

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