Loading

South Dakota

Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US SD: Plan Requiring Drug Tests for Welfare Fails in Committee

    Sioux City Journal, 28 Jan 2016 - PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota measure that would require adult welfare applicants under age 65 to pass drug tests before receiving food stamps or cash assistance failed in a House committee Thursday. The Health and Human Services committee voted not to send the measure to the House floor. Under the plan, welfare applicants who tested positive would have been barred from receiving such benefits for a year.
  2. US SD: Possible Raid Prompts Tribe To Destroy Pot Crop

    Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 10 Nov 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid, the tribal president said Monday. Flandreau Santee Sioux President Anthony Reider said the tribe had three weeks of discussions with authorities that culminated with a meeting in Washington that included a Justice Department official and U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randolph Seiler.
  3. US SD: SD Tribe Destroying Marijuana Crop

    The News-Item, 08 Nov 2015 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An attorney for the American Indian tribe planning to open the nation's first marijuana resort says the tribe is destroying its crop and temporarily suspending the project as leaders seek clarification from the federal government. Lawyer Seth Pearman told the Argus Leader newspaper on Saturday that leaders of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe are confident the venture will succeed after seeking clarification from the state and the U.S. Department of Justice.
  4. US SD: Lawyer: South Dakota Tribe Destroying Marijuana Crop

    Rapid City Journal, 08 Nov 2015 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An American Indian tribe slated to open the nation's first marijuana resort is destroying its crop and temporarily suspending the project in South Dakota while leaders seek clarification from the federal government, according to the tribe's attorney. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, which planned to open a lounge selling marijuana on New Year's Eve, was the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize the drug following the U.S. Department of Justice's decision last year to allow tribes to do so on tribal land.
  5. US SD: South Dakota Tribe to Open Nation's First Marijuana

    Boston Globe, 04 Oct 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. - The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel, and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture - opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation.
  6. US SD: S.D. Tribe To Open Nation's 1st Pot Resort

    Baltimore Sun, 30 Sep 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - The Santee Sioux tribe has already proved its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture - opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new moneymaking model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.
  7. US SD: South Dakota Tribe Setting Up Nation's First Marijuana

    Seattle Times, 30 Sep 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture - opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation.
  8. US SD: South Dakota Tribe to Open Nation's 1st Marijuana Resort

    The Press Democrat, 29 Sep 2015 - FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) - The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture - opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.
  9. US SD: Ex-US Attorney Wants Feds to Allow Hemp on SD

    Rapid City Journal, 31 Jul 2015 - FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The former U.S. attorney in North Dakota decided to take on his former employer by filing a motion Thursday to lift an 11-year-old federal injunction that prevents a man from growing industrial hemp on a South Dakota reservation. Timothy Purdon, who now works for a Minneapolis-based law firm, contacted the U.S. attorney's office in South Dakota several months ago in an effort to allow Oglala Sioux Nation member Alex White Plume to produce hemp, as the tribe legalized the crop in 1998 and last year's federal farm bill allowed hemp to be grown through state agriculture departments and college research stations.