Smaller tribes such as the Cayuga in central New York also allowed sales, and doing business from behind the backs of gas stations, which had long been a reliable source of income for tribal governments. They’re also preparing to open a shiny new dispensary southwest of Syracuse on the edge of Cayuga Lake, the longest of Finger Lakes.
With recreational marijuana becoming laws in many states, cannabis products are becoming more readily available and increasingly diverse.
Last month, powerful Oneida Nation — which operates the successful Turning Stone Casino and Resort west of Utica — announced it would also go into pot business, promising a 50,000-square-foot agricultural and production facility, with retail dispensaries to follow.
For tribes entering the market, cannabis offers an opportunity for a reliable source of income, currently free from any government interference – giving tribes-run dispensaries a window to sell and advertise marijuana in ways that allow them to do so. The state intends to ban for authorized retailers.
“Because we don’t need a license from the state, because we don’t have to get permission to enter the industry from the state, we are a true Native American cannabis company,” said Shinnecock, a member of Shinnecock. who is the managing director of Little Beach Harvest, the tribe’s startup marijuana company. “This business will not only provide jobs, establish jobs in an industry, but also inter-business with other members of the tribes.”
So far, state officials have adopted a clear laissez-faire approach to tribal processes.
“What’s happening now in the tribal lands, it’s out of our purview,” said Chris Alexander, director. New York State Office of Cannabis Management“This is their land,” he added.
As part of the 2021 budget deal, New York Certified recreational marijuana Use it after years of debate in Albany, joining the A growing list of countries where property is legal (Although federal authorities still consider it illegal.) Since then, New York officials have been criticized for their deliberative pace in creating a marijuana market, even as other neighboring states—including New Jersey and Massachusetts—establish dispensaries, reaping millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Mr. Alexander rejected the idea that the state was too cautious in entering the market.
“I am really proud of the process we had here,” he said, noting that The state granted agricultural licenses in April. “And how quickly we were able to get the licenses.”