Washington Tribe Signs Marijuana Agreement With State Board

The Squamish Tribe signed a compact with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLC) Tuesday to produce, process, and sell marijuana on tribal land. The state-tribal compact is the first of its kind.

The agreement was made possible by HB 2000, a bill signed during the 2015 legislative session that allows Washington’s governor to enter into agreements regarding marijuana with federally recognized Native American tribes.

The compact now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

WSLC Board Chair Jane Rushford stated that “We believe that working closely with the Suquamish Tribe we can ensure a well-regulated marijuana market that protects the health and safety of Washington State citizens.”

“This agreement is an excellent model for future compacts.”

Per the agreement, a tribal tax equivalent to the state excise tax on marijuana will be applied to all sales made on tribal lands to non-tribe members.

“Our Tribe always favors a collaborative and cooperative approach,” stated Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman. “We believe that our relationship with the State, including this compact, will best serve and protect our tribal community, surrounding neighbors, and residents of the state.”


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