Native American Tribe’s Cannabis Consultant to Face Trial
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Roughly two years after an American Indian tribe began an ambitious push to open the nation’s first marijuana resort in South Dakota, a consultant who helped pursue the stalled venture is heading to trial on drug charges.
Jury selection starts Thursday in the case of Eric Hagen, a consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on its operation about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls. Hagen was indicted on state marijuana charges months after the tribe destroyed their crop amid fears of a federal raid.
Here’s a look at key information about the trial:
WHAT’S GOING ON?
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Marijuana convictions go up in smoke with California legalization
Thousands of pot convictions in California are going up in smoke - thanks to the state's new marijuana law.
Since California legalized recreational pot, thousands of people convicted of marijuana crimes have asked to get their records reduced.
A lesser-known provision of Proposition 64 allows some felonies to be reduced to misdemeanors and some criminal records to be wiped clean.
Partial numbers released last week show more than 2,500 reduction requests were filed through March.
Demand for Marijuana Trumps Ice Cream
If the United States government would simply allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco, the population would likely purchase more legal cannabis products than ice cream, according to the 2017 Marijuana Business Factbook.
There is some serious demand for marijuana in the Land of the Free.
Some of the latest data indicates that the need for pot, if you include the underground dealings of the black market, is somewhere around $50 billion. This means there is probably already more people buying weed than ice cream, considering the market for the frozen treat only rakes in a little over $5 billion per year.
To put this situation in perspective, Forbes points out that the sale of legal marijuana alone is blowing away several other lucrative pieces of North American commerce, including national movie ticket sales and snacks, like Doritos and Cheetos.
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