Washington, Suquamish sign nation's first state-tribal marijuana pact

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and the Suquamish Tribe on Monday signed the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact, the state announced.

The compact governs the production, processing, purchase and sale of marijuana on the Tribe’s land. The signed compact moves next to Gov. Jay Inslee for approval.

Under the enacting legislation, a tribal tax equivalent to the state excise tax will be applied to sales to non-tribal customers on Suquamish tribal lands, the state said.

“Our Tribe always favors a collaborative and cooperative approach,” said Suquamish Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman.”We believe that our relationship with the State, including this compact, will best serve and protect our tribal community, surrounding neighbors, and residents of the state.”