Stop the legalization of Marijuana

PINE RIDGE, S.D. -

Should marijuana be legal on the Pine Ridge Reservation?

A committee of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council wants to gauge the will of the people and is proposing that the council hold a reservation-wide advisory vote.

The tribal Law and Order committee's recommendation is on the council's Feb. 1 agenda.

If the council agrees, a referendum would be called within 90 days of the council vote. Ellen Fills Pipe, chair of the Law and Order Committee, says she likes the idea of hearing from the people but is skeptical of the business prospects of legalizing pot and is also leary of jeopardizing federal funding.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says no legalization move would apply to non Indians. Fills Pipe wonders if there is enough of a pot market just among tribal members. Some states have legalized the use of marijuana but it remains illegal under federal law.