Wisconsin: Menominee Indian Tribe to hold marijuana referendum

Menominee Indian Tribe members will soon have a chance to weigh in on whether marijuana should be legal for recreational and medicinal use on their reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.

The tribe plans to hold a referendum vote on Aug. 19-20 to find out how its members feel about legalizing the drug. Members will be asked whether medical marijuana use should be allowed and whether anyone age 21 or older should be allowed to use the drug recreationally on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

"This is just a start," said Gary Besaw, chairman of the Keshena-based tribe. "We'll see if the tribal membership wants us to move forward and wants us to commit more energy toward this."

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a memorandum allowing tribes to grow or sell marijuana on reservations if they follow eight guidelines. Unlike other tribes in the state, the Menominee tribe is able...

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