Growing on the Rez — Native American Entrepreneurship and The Green Rush

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With the legalization of recreational cannabis becoming more and more of a reality in California, the ensuing Green Rush promises a new economy and a new chance to profit. The opportunity extends to native reservations, whose distinct legal status means expediency for entrepreneurial tribes that want to grow cannabis for profit. But from sowing to selling, things are more complicated than they seem. Over a dinner in Vegas, Hopland Pomo Indian Tribal Chairman Joe San Diego and Will Htun of renowned cannabis grower Sherbinski share their story of the potential and the consequences of growing on an Indian reservation.

Text & Narration by Nate Kan
Audio by Elphick Wo
Photos by Eugene Kan

<p>Images courtesy of the <a href="http://www.hoplandtribe.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Hopland Band of Pomo Indians</a>.</p>

Images courtesy of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians.

I think a lot of natives have good ideas [...]. It's just a lot of natives don't have access to capital to make those ideas pop.
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