Omaha Tribe members vote to move marijuana measures forward

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Votes by Omaha Tribe members are encouraging tribal leaders to continue looking into the marijuana business and allowing recreational use on its northeast Nebraska reservation.

The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) that voters overwhelmingly approved measures Tuesday regarding recreational use, medicinal use and a proposal to grow industrial hemp. The referendum votes merely provide guidance. The Tribal Council will make the final decision.

Indian tribal law expert Lance Morgan has said a Just Department memo issued last year on the subject doesn’t actually let tribes legalize marijuana. Rather, it lets them work with U.S. attorneys, and Morgan says U.S. attorneys in many states have been unwilling to let tribes move forward.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp said Wednesday that nothing in the tribal vote changes federal law and that “it’s our intention to continue to enforce the law.”

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