The White Earth Nation – an indigenous tribe located in Minnesota – will soon be joining the growing list of states allowing legal marijuana sales for medicinal and recreational purposes. Starting on August 1, the tribe will begin selling marijuana products on their reservation while prohibiting the sale of alcohol, creating an unprecedented opportunity for their people and for the rest of the state.
1) Minnesota Indian Tribe to Launch Cannabis Sales
The Minnesota Indian tribe has been granted the green light to become the first in the state to launch their own recreational cannabis sales. This historic milestone brings hope to the people of Minnesota who have long been waiting to have access to legal cannabis.
The tribe plans to open a few retail stores, though exact locations are yet to be announced. They hope to roll out pre-rolleds, edibles, and other cannabis products, as well as paraphernalia for consumption. This will be a major boost for cannabis culture in Minnesota, coming with benefits such as:
- Creating jobs and generating financial growth within the local economy
- Providing an extra source of income for the tribe
- Interest in political advocacy for recreational cannabis
- Decreasing the risks of involvement with the underground cannabis industry
The legalization of cannabis in Minnesota brings excitement and optimism to a state whose residents were previously left in the dark. Hopefully this is the start of a new era for the Minnesota cannabis community.
2) Cannabis: A Substitute to Alcohol
The world is no stranger to the long-term harmful effects of alcohol abuse. From escalating medical bills, to a lifetime of addiction, the use of alcohol can introduce a myriad of problems into an individual’s life. Although the topic of cannabis is heavily politicized, it also holds within it an alternative to the use of alcohol.
Cannabis, compared to alcohol, is a milder substance that generates less physical dependency. When consumed in moderation, it has also shown potential potential medicinal benefits, from easing symptoms of depression, to helping with appetite regulation. This even applies in situations where neurological issues may be present. With its temperate effects, cannabis also lacks many of the dangerous physical side effects that alcohol will often engender.
- Ability To Minimize Abuse: Unlike alcohol, cannabis does not carry the risk of long-term physical addiction.
- Medicinal Benefits: The use of cannabis has been scientifically shown to carry certain medicinal benefits to the consumer in comparison to alcohol.
- Reduced Physical Side Effects: The side effects associated with its use are significantly less potent than alcohol.
3) A Sustainable Source of Revenue with Social Responsibility
It’s important for a successful business to ensure long-term growth and stability. One way to achieve that is by implementing sustainable and socially responsible sources of revenue. There are many avenues to take, but here are some of the more popular:
- Investing in renewable and clean energy sources
- Working with local farmers or businesses to source ethically produced goods
- Creating an in-house charity foundation
- Partnering with well-established social enterprise programs
Creating these sources of revenue not only shows the public that your business is socially responsible, but also that it is committed to improving the world around us. As a result, consumers will be more likely to choose you over a company that doesn’t take this stance. Whether it’s a part of a philanthropic program or a low-emission transportation initiative, gaining and keeping consumers through sustainable sources of revenue not only financially benefits your business, but makes the world a better place in the process.
4) Joint Effort by Tribe, Government, and Businesses Set to Propel Cannabis Industry in Minnesota
A huge, unprecedented joint effort between Minnesota tribes, government, and businesses has been announced that is sure to launch the state’s cannabis industry to the next level. Representing the interests of many, the collaboration seeks to create equitable opportunities for everyone in the cannabis value chain. Here’s what’s in the pipeline for cannabis in Minnesota.
- Development of cannabis production areas to enhance standards and increase profit margins for cultivators
- Family-friendly legislation that will reduce taxes, making cannabis accessible to a larger group of consumers
- Technical and financial assistance and guidance to communities to foster sustainable business practices
- The creation of a cannabis safety board, designed to protect consumers, employees, and businesses
The initiative has already gained the support of Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, who noted, ‘I’m proud to be part of this innovative venture, which I believe will be a major milestone in the state’s progress towards becoming a leader in the industry.’ Not long after, business leaders from major cannabis companies such as Canopy Growth and Creso Pharma threw their hats into the ring, adding an additional layer of investment, expertise, and resources to the collective efforts.
When August 1st finally arrives, Minnesota’s Indian tribes and communities will be first in the entire nation to introduce legal marijuana sales. It is a timeless opportunity and a testament to the potential of tribal sovereignty. As the tribes come together to legalize this long-contested product, they will also maintain their dedication to being responsible stewards—upholding their commitment to the health and safety of their communities by standing firm in the ban of alcohol. The legacy of a long fought victory will be remembered in Minnesota for years to come.