The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is taking a holistic approach with its cannabis store forecasted to open this fall in Blyn, Washington.
“Our intention is to create a naturopathic environment that provides clients with information and education about the medicinal benefits of cannabis,” store manager Michael Smith said in a statement. “Our shop will be one-of-a-kind for its incorporation of Native culture and its focus on healing and well-being.”
The still unnamed operation will sell medical cannabis products not typically found at state-licensed retailers, Kyle E. Johnson, the executive director of the tribe’s Economic Development Authority, told the Peninsula Daily News.
Johnson added that the Tribe is intrigued by the science behind cannabis that helps people taper off addictions to drugs and medications, such as opiates or pain killers, and the research that shows cannabis can help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has entered an agreement with the State of Washington, and the Tribe will source its cannabis products from growers and processors regulated by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
When the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe enters the cannabis industry this fall, it will join a host of Tribes in Washington that own and run cannabis operations. In 2015, Washington State lead the nation in developing a legal framework for cannabis sales on Tribal lands. (Nevada followed suit in June 2017, paving the way for the Ely Shoshone Tribe and the Yerington Paiute Tribe to ink the first cannabis compacts with the state of Nevada.) Washington state is home to 29 federally recognized Tribes, and at least seven Tribes currently run cannabis operations (though the Puyallup Tribe’s Medicine Creek Analytics is a testing lab, not a retail outfit, and the Colville Confederated Tribes run an agricultural hemp project). Native Business provides a snapshot of those seven Tribal cannabis businesses below.
Suquamish Tribe: Agate Dreams & Tokém Cannabis
The Suquamish Tribe became the first Native American Tribe to legalize cannabis in the United States in September 2015, by signing the first-ever cannabis compact with Washington State in September 2015. The Tribe debuted Agate Dreams in December 2015 — the second marijuana store to open on a reservation in the state of Washington. The Squaxin Island Tribe beat the Suquamish to the punch, opening Elevation in November 2015.
Located on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Kitsap County, Agate Dreams offers a large selection of recreational marijuana and a variety of cannabis-infused goods including flowers, concentrates, edibles and lotions. Meanwhile, Tokém Cannabis is the Tribe’s cannabis processor in Port Angeles, Washington. “As a processor, it is our responsibility to source cannabis that meet strict guidelines in delivering a product that will meet your expectations,” the Tokém Cannabis website states.
Both Agate Dreams and Tokém Cannabis are operated by the Suquamish Evergreen Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Port Madison Enterprises, an agency of the Suquamish Tribe.
Squaxin Island Tribe: Elevation
In November 2015, the Squaxin Island Tribe opened the doors to Elevation — the first reservation cannabis store in the United States. It’s located across the street from the Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton.
Profits from Elevation support crucial Tribal infrastructure such as healthcare, education, economic development and employment, the Elevation website states.
Muckleshoot Tribe: Joint Rivers
The Muckleshoot Tribe opened its marijuana retail outlet Joint Rivers in July 2018, located on the Muckleshoot Indian Reserve near Auburn, Washington. The store became the first cannabis dispensary in the state to offer a drive-through window.
Joint Rivers also boasts the largest sales floor in the state with “86 linear feet of cabinet space dedicated to flower alone,” the Joint Rivers’ website states.
Tulalip Tribes: Remedy Tulalip
The Tulalip Tribe’s boutique-style cannabis dispensary opened its doors in August 2018, complete with “Cannabis Concierges” armed with electronic pads. Remedy Tulalip aims to curate the cannabis experience for the connoisseur and the tourist.
The first enterprise of the newly formed Tulalip Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO), Remedy Tulalip is located within Quil Ceda Village, the Tribes’ popular shopping/entertainment district and Tribal municipality, situated between Seattle and Vancouver. Quil Ceda Village draws approximately 15 million visitors annually – a number the Tribe anticipates will climb dramatically thanks to its new cannabis store.
The Tulalip Tribes also created the first regulatory arm — the Tulalip Tribal Cannabis Agency — to coordinate with the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board on policies and enforcement.
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe: High Point
In March 2018, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe opened its retail cannabis outlet, High Point, in Kingston, Washington, located near Gliding Eagle Market, the Tribe’s convenience store and gas station.
Puyallup Tribe: Medicine Creek Analytics
The Puyallup Tribe’s Medicine Creek Analytics measures cannabis safety and purity. The testing lab detects cannabis potency and moisture, in addition to monitoring for microbes, contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board-licensed lab is a nonprofit corporation owned and operated by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
Colville Confederated Tribes: agricultural hemp project
The Confederated Tribes grow hemp on 120 acres of land on the Colville Reservation in Nespelem, Washington. The Tribes grew the first industrial hemp plants on Tribal land in the state, and their hemp fields are among the first permitted in Washington under the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot program. The Colville Tribes additionally possess a license to process hemp. While hemp hearts are prized for their healing properties, industrial hemp stalks can be converted to material — such as clothing, rope, insulation, cardboard and more — as well as protein meal for animals.
In January 2019, the Colville Tribes made headlines for selling hemp seeds to Hemp Northwest, a Hood River, Oregon-based hemp food company. The sale marked the first hemp, commercially grown in Washington, processed since lawmakers allowed hemp cultivation in 2014.
In late February 2019, the Colville Business Council voted to commence a test plot to evaluate the potential of processing cannabidiol (CBD).