In Hemp Politics, Alex White Plume, member of the Oglala tribe in South Dakota, assumed his long wait to grow industrial hemp was finally over when the federal government and lawmakers created laws to allow the cultivation of hemp for research purposes.
However, federal prosecutors in South Dakota are not willing to allow the Oglala Sioux Nation to grow hemp. With the farm bill of 2014, White Plume hoped his chances of growing hemp would be increased, but South Dakota law has yet to approve of hemp production.
The farm bill does not grant special authorization for tribal law to grow hemp. In White Plume’s opinion, this goes against treaties that have been in existence for 160 years.
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