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LDF Tribe Approves Referendum To Allow Industrial Hemp

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Lac du Flambeau tribal voters have approved the possibility of having hemp production on reservation lands. The referendum yesterday passed 116 to 13.

The ordinance increases the Tribal government's ability to control cultivation and sales within the Reservation, and provide a source of revenue for the continued operation and strengthening of Tribal government and the delivery of Tribal government services.

The Tribal Licensing and Regulatory Authority will oversee licensing, employee licensing, cultivating, processing, testing and sales licensing as outlined in the draft. The ordinance calls for cultivators to be at least 21 years old and to apply for a license and renew it annually. They must also be able to pass a background check with no felony convictions related to controlled substances.

Land areas designated for hemp cultivation must be registered and GPS coordinates must be provided. Testing of the product is required. Processing must be done on the reservation in enclosed facilities. approved by the Tribal Licensing and Regulatory Authority. To sell hemp products, a business must apply for and obtain a sales license.

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