Tribe Hosting Marijuana Festival Near Las Vegas, Despite Warning From Feds

The Moapa Paiute Tribe is going ahead with plans to host a marijuana festival near Las Vegas this weekend, despite warnings from the U.S. attorney in Nevada that marijuana use and possession remains a federal crime, a spokesman for the tribe said.

“Moapa is known for standing up for Native American rights and the rights of the people,” said former Moapa Chairman William Anderson, who is still involved with the tribe’s day-to-day decision-making. “We don’t back down.”

But whether the tribe will allow marijuana at the festival remains unsettled. “That was the plan, but after what happened, we’re still deciding how we’re going to do it,” Anderson said.

In a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe, Daniel Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada, tells tribe Chairman Darren Daboda that “marijuana use, possession and distribution on tribal lands” is illegal under federal law.

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