Following the debut in November of Elevation, the first retail dispensary in the nation owned and operated by a Native American Tribe, the Suquamish Tribe has opened Agate Dreams this week. The tribe was the first to announce a compact with the State of Washington in September, a move that paved the way to open without fear of federal prosecution that has plagued other tribes.
The Stranger discusses the opening of the store but also details a lot of the thought process went into the move by the Suquamish Tribe. Some might view the deal with Washington as contrary to the idea of “tribal sovereignty,” but the Tribal Council Member Robin Sigo explains that it actually strengthened it. She believes that their efforts will pave the way for other tribes going forward to enter the cannabis industry.