UPDATED: Menominee Tribe say yes to both medical and recreational cannabis legalization in advisory vote

Members of the Menominee tribe voted yes on the two advisory referendums the tribe voted on Aug. 19-20.

From the AP via Star Tribune:

KESHENA, Wis. – Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe have voted yes to allowing both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana on their northeastern Wisconsin reservation. The tribe announced the results Friday. The votes are advisory only, meaning it’s up to tribal leaders on the next step. About 58 percent of those voting said yes on recreational use of marijuana. The medicinal question passed by an even bigger margin, about 77 percent. About 13 percent of the tribe’s 9,000 members cast ballots.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on the vote totals:

Tribal members voted 677 to 499 to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes. Members approved marijuana for medicinal purposes 899 to 275. The voting was conducted Wednesday and Thursday and the results announced Friday morning.

The Journal-Sentinels reports the next step will be up to the tribe’s legislature, which will study the issue and likely approve ordinances legalizing marijuana.

“This is new ground,” Gary Besaw, Menominee chairman, said after the results were announced. “We have to start looking at developing best practices and draft ordinances to maximize the benefits we believe are possible and minimize the consequences we believe also are possible.”

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