Oregon tribal hemp plan under review by federal officials

Thursday, November 21, 2019

BEND, Oregon (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a plan to the federal government to administer hemp production on its lands.

The Bulletin reported Tuesday that if the U.S. Department of Agriculture approves the plan, the hemp jobs could fill employment gaps caused by the closure of tribal entities.

Warm Springs is one of 11 tribes listed on the USDA website with a hemp plan under review.

Officials say the reservation has been considering some form of cannabis business since it became legal in Oregon in 2015.

About 150 Warm Springs workers lost jobs with the closure of the Kah-Nee-Ta resort a year ago, which followed the 2016 closure of a reservation-owned timber mill where 85 jobs were lost.

Tribal economic development firm Warm Springs Ventures declined to comment.

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