State could get first tribe-owned pot store

SUQUAMISH, Wash. (AP) — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1KPbel4) the state Liquor and Cannabis Board decided Monday to approve a compact that says the Suquamish Tribe can open a marijuana retail shop operated by Suquamish Evergreen Corp.

A Department of Justice memo released last year opened the door for tribes to legalize marijuana, with certain stipulations. The compact says the Suquamish Tribe decriminalized selling and possessing marijuana under some circumstances.

The corporation is a subsidiary of the tribe’s Port Madison Enterprises.

The tribe and state board say this is the first agreement of its kind in the country.

Officials expect the shop to be open by November.

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