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FLANDREAU SANTEES RACE TO BE FIRST TO BEGIN SELLING PEJI FOR PROFIT

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FLANDREAU — Members of Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe are looking to be first of South Dakota’s nine Indian tribes to begin actively selling peji on their reservation by Christmas 2015.

To some tribal politicians, the notion long perpetrated by the U.S. government that peji or marijuana is an evil drug, remains embedded in their mindset, despite it now being legal in several states.

The U.S. Justice Department issued a memo last October declaring a federal stand down, saying Indian tribes are now free to choose legalizing marijuana sales and cultivation on Indian lands, subject only to guidelines.

Mindsets are slowly changing as politicians see added revenue.

Flandreau officials say they want to grow 60 strains of peji in a 10,000 square-foot warehouse, and anyone may buy the drug at tribal outlets for either medicinal or recreational purposes.

The tribe is also building a 15,000 square-foot lounge where patrons can come to mingle while consuming the drug in various ways.

Flandreau President Tony Reider says the planned operation will create more than 20 jobs on the reservation, with revenues reaching $2 million or more a year.

“We definitely need jobs,” Reider said.

Your tribe could be next to okay peji sales.

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