White Earth, Mahnomen County raid store for unlicensed marijuana sales


August 11, 2023

by Max Nesterak

Minnesota Reformer

Law enforcement raided a tobacco store on the White Earth reservation on Wednesday evening for suspicion of selling marijuana without a license, in violation of state and tribal law.

The store, Asema Tobacco and Pipe, is owned by a White Earth band member and advertised on Facebook that it had cannabis beginning Aug. 1, when it became legal to possess across the state. The White Earth Nation's tribal council voted to legalize recreational marijuana last Friday.

The raid was conducted by White Earth tribal police and Mahnomen County sheriff's deputies alon...

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