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

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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