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Omaha Tribe of Nebraska OKs marijuana referendums

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MACY, Neb. | Voters in Macy approved three referendums Tuesday that will allow the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska to move forward with plans to explore marijuana use and cultivation on the reservation.

"Today's referendum vote provided an opportunity for the Tribal Council to gauge the opinion of our people," Omaha Tribal Council Chair Vernon Miller said. "We're going to look to work with agencies and various other legal entities to ensure that whatever the tribe is able do is done appropriately."

The referendums asked permission for the tribe to study ways to implement recreational and medicinal marijuana use as well as growing industrial hemp. The vote simply served as guidance for the Tribal Council and did not legalize marijuana use on the reservation.

The referendums were approved on the following votes: Question 1, 352-240; Question 2, 462-134 and Question 3, 395-196.

"We know what's best for our community," Miller said. "This is another step in protecting and ensuring sovereign actions for our people as a sovereign nation."

The next step for the tribe will be to plan strategies for the next year, Miller said. The Tribal Council will have a reorganization meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Omaha Nation Public School in Macy.

"We're going to cautiously self-explore various economic development activities," Miller said. "This isn't the only opportunity we're seeking in terms of economic development. We're not solely relying on this (marijuana) referendum."


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