AKWESASNE — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe filed a motion in Tribal Court on Friday to close unlicensed marijuana shops.
Three days after adopting an Adult Use Cannabis Ordinance, the Tribe filed civil actions in Tribal Court, naming seven cannabis dispensaries that illegally opened to sell recreational marijuana without being licensed or regulated by the Tribe, according to a press release from Brendan White, the Tribe’s director of communications.
The Tribe’s legal complaint and accompanying motions for temporary, preliminary and permanent injunctions seeks enforcement of the cease and desist orders previously filed in Tribal Court, according to White’s press release, which states the Tribe is seeking a court order for the seven dispensaries to be closed and vacated, as well as a civil fine of $1,000, imposed for each day that the seven dispensaries failed to obey the cease and desist orders.
The Tribe’s complaint alleges that the seven named dispensaries, Best Budz Dispensary, Bud Ease Dispensary, Golden Nugget Dispensary, Good Leaf Dispensary, Native Flower Dispensary, Sasta Budz Dispensary, and Smoke Show Dispensary, are in violation of Tribal Law by operating without a Tribal license.
After a Tribal community referendum in December 2019 authorized the Tribe to legalize adult use or recreational cannabis