MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Amid a new U.S. Justice Department policy allowing tribes to cultivate and grow marijuana, it is unclear what effect it will have in Florida.
The government announced this week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands so long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.
The announcement is “not on the Seminole Tribe’s radar,” tribe spokesman Gary Bitner told CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald . A Miccosukee Tribe spokesman said the policy is being reviewed, but he declined further comment.
A spokesman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she’s also reviewing the announcement.
Some advocates said the Justice Department’s announcement could give rise to a rich new business on reservations, not unlike the advent of casino gambling. However, many tribes oppose legalization.
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