Wisconsin: Menominee tribe prepares vote on legalizing marijuana

Still burning from the January rejection of its long-sought Kenosha casino, leaders of the Menominee tribe will find out this week whether tribal members want to tap a new vice to help it find economic bliss — growing and selling marijuana.

The approximately 9,000 members will vote Wednesday and Thursday in a two-question advisory referendum asking whether the Menominee should legalize marijuana on their reservation for medical and/or recreational use. If either question is approved, tribal legislators would begin the process of writing ordinances to legalize weed on the reservation, located near Shawano, said Gary Besaw, tribal chairman.

The Menominee would become the third tribe in the state whose membership approved some form of marijuana legalization in a referendum.

"We're very poor and do not have the luxury of turning our back on any potential revenue sources," said Besaw, who was a driving force in his tribe's bid to build...

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