Oregon Tribes Expect to Sell Cannabis in 2017

Members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs voted on Dec. 17 (Amanda Peacher/OPB)

Donald G. Sampson, the interim chief executive officer of Warm Springs Ventures, shared an update with Oregon Public Broadcasting regarding the plans for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to proceed following the vote earlier this month to approve a project to grow and sell cannabis in Oregon.

Unlike the retail store openings in Washington by the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Suquamish Tribe, which both had signed compacts with the state in advance, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs still needs to iron out details with Oregon.  The tribes are not subject to the authority of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the adult-use cannabis industry.

We’re making sure that all jurisdictions involved with this are on board. We’re making sure that we have a very clear business plan in place. We’re making sure that we have safety, security in terms of our operation.

Don Sampson

Donald Sampson

The tribes will build a 5-acre greenhouse with the help of a firm from Colorado and have a goal of commencing sales in cities like Portland or Bend next January.

Read Amanda Peacher’s “Warm Springs Tribes Work Out Pot Regulations, Taxes”: http://www.opb.org/news/article/warm-springs-works-out-pot-regulations-taxes-/

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