White Earth Nation opens state’s second cannabis dispensary – KARE11.com

White Earth Tribal officials said they’re putting a specific focus on how the new business opportunity will support and benefit its members.

MAHNOMEN, Minn. — A dispensary in northern Minnesota that offers retail medicinal cannabis has expanded its business to offer recreational sales, becoming the second dispensary in the state to do so.

White Earth Tribal Nation Chairman Micheal Fairbanks told KARE 11 that the Mahnomen, Minnesota dispensary, Waabigwan Mashkiki, began selling recreational cannabis to the public on Thursday morning. Fairbanks said they’re looking to other tribal nations like Red Lake — the first to open a dispensary when recreational cannabis became legal on Aug. 1 — for guidance. He said officials are focused specifically on how the new business opportunity will support and benefit the members of White Earth Nation.

According to Fairbanks, an expected 50 to 60 jobs will be created in the area for both factory and dispensary workers.

Meanwhile, also in Mahnomen, a tobacco shop is under investigation after authorities shut it down over an alleged attempt to sell cannabis on Wednesday. In response, officials with the Band released this statement Thursday evening:

“The Band would like

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