Speaking of O.J., I learn from perusing Rosebud Sioux Tribe Channel 93 that candidate for Rosebud Sioux Council President O.J. Semans includes marijuana in his economic development plan:
I am currently working with tribes on establishing marijuana facilities, and I believe we as a tribe should also pursue this. Because we waited eight years in building our casino, we lost millions of dollars. Right now, marijuana is where casinos were twenty years ago. We have two options: we can do what Flandreau did, or we can do what Colorado did, and that is to have the tribe issue licenses to new businesses and collect the revenue from the licenses and the taxes on the sales [O.J. Semans, video, Rosebud Sioux Tribe Channel 93, YouTube, 2015.06.29].
Under its tribal ownership plan, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe expects to make $2 million in profits from marijuana sales each month… assuming their consultant Monarch America doesn’t go belly up first. Semans is proposing a more free market alternative alongside the Flandreau socialist model.
Semans stands with eight other candidates for tribal president in this week’s primary election on Thursday; the winners (I’m guessing the top two, but the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Constitution Article III does not clarify) face off in the tribal general election on August 27.