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Chairman's Notes

12/02/2015 | Gary Besaw - December 2 2015 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Nec-Omaeqnomenewak,

In this update, my intention is to provide you with information concerning other activities that Tribe and Legislature has engaged in outside the Hemp issue. The fall season is ending and winter is knocking at the door. Hope you have you firewood cut. In the past month, my office and the Legislature have held numerous meetings and intergovernmental consultations and below is a summary of some of the main events that have taken place:

• September, October and November, 2015 – Attended Great Lakes Intertribal Council (GLITC) meetings. While lots of grant discussions and meetings with state and federal agencies happen at these meetings, there was one item new to the meetings. The tribes have created, with the WI Department of Justice (DOJ), an “Intertribal Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee,” which will review and recommend solutions to tribal law enforcement, incarceration, and court system issues. Some recommendations will go to the State Legislature… (Read More)
12/2/2015
11/09/2015 | Gary Besaw - November 9 2015 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Netaenewemahkenak.

On May 7, 2015, the Tribal Legislature, through the open, multi-step Tribal Ordinance process, distinguished and separated Industrial Hemp from marijuana and made it legal to grow Industrial Hemp on the Reservation, so long as it was done in accordance with these Tribal regulations. Industrial Hemp was defined as any strain of cannabis that has less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”). Remember, Industrial Hemp does not have THC in an amount where it can be smoked to produce a “high.” In distinguishing Industrial Hemp from other forms of cannabis or marijuana and making it legal on the Reservation, the Tribe was acting in the same manner as 26 states currently do.

The Tribe made this distinction between marijuana and Industrial Hemp for a number of reasons, including:

1) There is no reasonable basis to make Industrial Hemp illegal as it has no psychoactive effect (it can’t be smoked to get high) and brings with it none of the stigma associated with… (Read More)
11/9/2015
07/20/2015 | Gary Besaw - July 20 2015 Chairmans Notes
Posoh Nec-Omaeqnomenewak,

My last update was the start of June, so here is an update since then. Summer season is in full swing and we continue to push forward. In the past month, my office and the Legislature have held numerous meetings and intergovernmental consultations and below is a summary of some of the main events that have taken place:

• June 10, 2015 – Special meeting of the Menominee Tribal Legislature to discuss the advisory referendum materials. In this meeting, we approved the plan of action which included approval of the upcoming events:

- July 14-15, 2015 – Educational Forum; two 4 hour (repeated) sessions to be held at the Menominee Casino Convention Center on Tuesday from 4-8 pm and Wednesday from 12-4 pm. The system used will be different information tables/sections that people can visit to ask questions or pick up material. This event is open to Tribal members and Tribal employees. There will be food and Free-To-Plays for attendees.

- August 13,… (Read More)
7/20/2015
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