Colorado-based partnership to help with economic development project
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – (May 5, 2016) — Sentinel Strainwise, LLC was announced as the official consultant to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in their creation of a cannabis economic development project. Details of this trailblazing project were unveiled during a recent groundbreaking ceremony.
“We found that Sentinel Strainwise had the right team that provided what we needed — expertise and training,” said Don Sampson, chief executive officer of Warm Spring Ventures, the business arm of the tribes. “We partnered with Sentinel Strainwise because they have experience with all aspects of operations, and their credibility is unmatched across the nation.” This historic project was passed via a tribal referendum Dec. 18, 2015, by an approval rate of 86 percent.
The vertically integrated, 36,000 square-foot greenhouse facility and three (off-reservation) dispensaries included in the project plans will represent a comprehensive industry first. The Warm Springs Tribes are the first in the nation to develop a vertically integrated cannabis business, including cultivation, processing, extraction, wholesale and retail operations in medical and recreational cannabis.
“We are excited about this opportunity to help provide such a valuable benefit to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,” said Erin Phillips, President and CEO of Strainwise. “We understand the importance of this project in terms of its economic impact and also in regard to our stewardship of resources, including water, electricity and recyclables.”
The Warm Springs Tribes and Sentinel Strainwise will adhere to the Cole Memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and a three-page policy statement that Director Monty Wilkinson of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys delivered to all U.S. Attorneys on Oct. 28, 2014. The Cole Memorandum provides guidance for prosecutors regarding enforcement of marijuana laws. The Wilkinson statement details the federal government’s position toward marijuana cultivation on tribal grounds.