Last week members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs voted to grow, process, and sell recreational marijuana. This decision is the result of a referendum that passed with an 86 percent approval. The referendum drew about 1,400 voters total, many of which were younger tribal members. The Warm Springs Reservation is home to nine federally recognized tribes and is the largest reservation in the state, located on 650,000 acres in north central Oregon.
The approved referendum allows the tribe to grow marijuana on the reservation in a greenhouse that may range from 10,000 to 36,000 square feet. However, the possession of marijuana is prohibited on the reservation and the referendum does nothing to change that. Consequently, the marijuana grown on the reservation will be sold to the public through three tribal-owned stores located off the reservation.