The recent Recent DEA raid on the Menominee Native American Tribe calls Tribal Sovereignty into question. On Oct. 23rd DEA agents raided the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and destroyed the tribes industrial hemp crop.
The DEA raid on the tribe and destruction of its hemp crop are egregious violations of orders given to all United States Attorneys and Tribal Liaisons the on Oct. 28th 2014 in a memo from the U.S. Department of Justice. This memorandum clearly orders the Federal Government to not interfere with tribes involved in cultivation of marijuana or hemp granted that they follow the following eight conditions:
- Prevent the distribution of marijuana to minors
- Prevent the revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels
- Prevent the diversion of marijuana to states where it is illegal
- Prevent state authorized marijuana activity from being used as cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or activity
- Prevent violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana
- Prevent Drugged Driving
- Prevent growing marijuana on public lands and the environmental dangers that attend it
- Prevent marijuana possession and use on Federal Property.
The DEA decided to raid the Menominee Tribe despite the fact they abiding by all the conditions set forth for marijuana. Menominee Chairman Gary Besaw made it clear in a press release that the tribe wasn’t even growing marijuana, it was growing hemp. “It is important for our Tribal members to know that there is a big difference between Industrial Hemp and marijuana. The Industrial Hemp crop the Tribe was researching has no psychoactive effect. It can’t get you high. If someone tried to smoke those plants the only result would be a cough.”
Even if the Menominee Tribe was growing marijuana they should still have been protected from federal interference, but the fact they were growing hemp offers them protection above and beyond the U.S. Department of Justice memo by way of Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill which authorizes institutions of higher education or state department’s of agriculture in states that legalized hemp cultivation to conduct research and pilot programs. The Menominee tribe legalized growing industrial hemp in cooperation with the College of the Menominee Nation, which put it under the protection the 2014 Farm Bill.
Dean Puschnig the US District Attorney who signed the search warrant authorizing the DEA to raid the Menominee Tribe and destroy their Industrial Hemp crop refused to comment upon the case when contacted.
Distrust and animosity towards the Federal Government will grow if the DEA continues to interfere and harass tribes whose best intentions are to abide by the rules. Many Indian Tribes considered the US Justice Department memorandum to provide valid protection from federal interference and invested into hemp and marijuana. One such tribe is the Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. The Santee Sioux are scheduled to open the first marijuana themed resort in the U.S. on New Years Eve and are currently cultivating marijuana on their reservation to supply the resort. The Santee Sioux along with other tribes who have invested into the marijuana industry must have their fingers crossed, as they seem to face an uncertain future in which all their investments can be destroyed at the whim of the DEA.
The raid on the Menominee Tribe shows the need for the federal government to dispel its ambiguous prosecution practices of protected tribes and five peace of mind to current and future investors of the Native American Marijuana Industry.
Introducing the First Ever Marijuana Christmas Giveaway!
This holiday season MassRoots is giving away over $2000 worth of marijuana eccentric gifts to more than 70 lucky contestants! Our 12 days of ChristMASS giveaway begins this Sunday, December Fourteenth of 2014. The giveaway will be hosted on MassRoots.com by our account with the username ‘EditorsChoice‘. Each day will bring a new competition, and contestants must re-enter to be eligible to win each day’s new prizes. As the giveaway goes on, the prizes will get bigger and better. Prizes include MedTainers, Dank Dabbers, Kind Trays, HiVape portable vaporizers, Chameleon Glass, a Peli-Nail, and many more! Be sure to follow @EditorsChoice on MassRoots to stay up-to-date on the giveaway!
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Relaxing and smoking in your own home can be a nice way to rewind from the day, but don’t let that stop you from getting out into the world and exploring new smoke spots! Here are 11 gorgeous spots for scenic smokers to enjoy for a more adventurous sesh. Tag #ScenicSmoker on MassRoots to share your favorite spots!
1. Overlooking The Ocean
2. On Still Waters
4. In A Winter Wonderland
5. Sunset Blazin’
7. In The Canyons
10. Mountain Reflection
11. Out in the Country
Written By: Aaron “Anonimis” Ybarra
Strain: Jilly Bean
Batch Number: 775
Supplier: Center Street Collective (Tacoma, WA)
Processor: Refine Seattle Accessed From-Washington Herbal Remedies (Lynwood, WA)
Specific Ailments: Stress, Bipolar, PTSD, Depression, Alzheimer’s, Fatigue, Asthma, Glaucoma, Cramps, Pain, Arthritis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Nausea, Anorexia, Gastroparesis & Appetite Loss
Jilly Bean is a beautiful stable wax with no break in perfection. The wax is dry but still holds some stickiness making working with the wax a little tricky but not so much it should turn patients off. You get minimal residue after breaking your dabs avoiding losing wax to your breaking surface.
In Refine fashion, your wax glimmers with a diamond like shine exterior in a natural semi-dark orange copper color. With assisted lighting, you lose the dark shade & copper hue allowing the orange to become vibrant. I love the scent from this strain, first whiff bring sugary tones that help in aroma delivery, underneath the sweetness your nose picks up on strong earthy weed like scents. The combination of an earthy weed aroma with a sweet delivery creates a sharp sweet citrus that takes over your nasal passage without stinging the nostrils or capillaries.
If your senses are in tune you’ll be able to distinguish the independent sweet & earth trait separately as well as the citrus combination the sweet & earth partnership creates. Flavor highlights the best part of the scent, the sweet citrus. Low temp allows the flavor to drop the earthy trait so the taste holds just the sweet sugar tones with a sharp citrus highlight. It’ll really taste like you enjoyed a freshly picked sweet tangerine making the mouth salivate.
It smokes fairly smoothly, allowing you to really enjoy the flavor instead of having to deal with a horrendous cough. Entrance of smoke’s easy as well as beginning expansion. Expansion works it’s way around the lungs slowly & heavily, bringing a mild cough for 30 seconds after which any discomfort felt will be vanished. Effects mainly a sativa to the mind & body with some indica characteristics. Your mind will have a mild sedative but for the most part it stays sharp & focused with your body alert & energized.
First doses bring an energetic boost to the mind with a light warm sedative wave. Physically, you’ll be waiting for a slumped drowsy feeling, but that never comes. Your body remains energized, never once showing signs of fatigue or tension.
Jilly Bean 8/10 beautiful presentation & consistency, perfect scent to flavor transfer that’s also sweet & fruity. Effect is a brilliant burst of sativa with a light indica sedative feel hidden deep within the sativa energy.
If you enjoyed this review, and would like to see more incredibly detailed reviews like this along with great photos of each strain tested, make sure to follow @Anonimis on MassRoots.com.
It’s been said that cannabis can cause the smoker to feel an overwhelming sense of creativity. Here are 10 incredible rolls that prove this theory true!
The 24K Gold Woven Blunt
The Heart Joint
The Bender Joint
The Shatter Comet Joint
The Thai Sticks
The Twaxed Tip Joint
The Airplane Blunt
The Braided Joint Pipe
The 24K Gold Joint