The Shinnecock Indian Nation believes that medical cannabis plays a crucial part in its economic sustainability going forward.
Located on the South Fork of eastern Long Island, the tribe recently took steps to make those beliefs become a reality. In early July, it began work on a 5,000-square-foot dispensary and a 2,500-square-foot lounge.
Once complete, the sites will be situated along the Montauk Highway and create roughly 100 jobs for Shinnecock members.
The self-governing nation takes immense pride in the natural resources it has on its land, which is vital for both cultural ceremonies and industry, including a food harvest and an oyster hatchery.
Medical cannabis fits right into this mindset, according to Chenae Bullock, a Shinnecock tribal member and head of Little Beach Harvest, the corporation leading the venture.
“It’s showing that we are moving, a step in the right direction,” Bullock said.
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