Recreational cannabis sales begin at White Earth Nation dispensary – MPR News

After some early morning confusion Thursday that saw a few people turned away at the White Earth dispensary, Waabigwan Mashkiki, and a last minute tribal council vote, the White Earth Nation became the state’s second reservation to begin selling recreational cannabis. 

“I think it’s a great day for us and I think that with this opening up, opening up many doors for White Earth Nation for economic development and its constituents and creating jobs, I think it’s a good day for White Earth,” Chairman Michael Fairbanks said. “Hopefully we get more and more people to come over and try our product.” 

Fairbanks added their cannabis has been tested and is safe to use. 

White Earth Nation Tribal Chairman Michael Fairbanks outside the tribal dispensary in Mahnomen, Minn., on the first day of recreational marijuana sales there on Thursday.

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The move comes just two days after Red Lake began offering its recreational cannabis — and only six days after the White Earth Council approved the recreational program. White Earth approved medicinal cannabis in 2020 and has been developing its growing program for over a year.

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