This story popped up this morning, and might explain this morning’s presser in Flandreau from the Attorney General:
Cannabis activists in South Dakota are expecting the state’s attorney general, Marty Jackley, to announce felony charges against Eric Hagen, CEO of Denver-based Monarch America, at a news conference in Flandreau tomorrow morning.
Hagen and Monarch Consulting worked closely with the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe last year as it prepared to open South Dakota’s first cannabis-friendly resort. State authorities have no jurisdiction on tribal land, so the Flandreau Santee Sioux were proceeding in accordance with the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2014 Wilkinson memo, which offers guidance for tribes working on cannabis projects in Indian country.
Well, those pot plants didn’t get to South Dakota on their own. Someone brought them across state lines.
And the story above isn’t completely accurate; as while authorities have no jurisdiction on tribal land over tribal members, that is not the case with non-tribal members.