Puyallup Tribe Looks to Become First Native Tribe to Grow, Test, Sell Cannabis in Wash.

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September 9, 2016

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is planning to sell recreational marijuana on tribal land in Fife, a move that would make it the first tribe in Washington to grow, test and sell cannabis.

“This would be a financial boost to the tribe once everything is up and operating,” said Puyallup Tribal Council member Marguerite Edwards in a prepared statement.

The tribe is tentatively looking to put its first marijuana shop where it now runs Stogie’s Cigar & Sports Lounge in Fife, tribal spokesman John Weymer said. Stogie’s posted on its Facebook page last month that it planned to close Sept. 24 to make way for a shop selling recreational and medicinal marijuana.

The Puyallup tribe has been moving toward recreational marijuana sales since January 2015, when it signed a compact with the state authorizing its marijuana testing lab.

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