Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Subsequent to the tribal referendum held on December 3, 2016; the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe announced that draft regulations have been developed for governing the cultivation of hemp under the Tribe’s jurisdiction. The draft regulations are now available for a 30-day period for tribal members to submit written comments.
In December 2016, tribal voters were posed with the referendum question: “Should the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe explore options to legalize, license and regulate the cultivation, production and distribution of Industrial Hemp? Sixty-six percent (66%) of tribal voters approved the Tribe’s exploration into hemp production; with 353 “Yes” votes, 180 “No” votes, and four spoiled ballots.
The U.S. Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act in 2018, which was followed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issuing regulation in October 2019 that enabled tribes to establish their own hemp production plans. As a result, the Office of the General Counsel has developed Draft Hemp Production Regulations for exercising the Tribe’s authority to regulate the cultivation of hemp.
In accordance with the 2013 Tribal Procedures Act, the draft regulations are now available to review during a 30-day comment period for public input and feedback. Tribal members need to submit their written comments by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021.
A copy of the Draft Hemp Production Regulations is available for membership to view on the Tribal Members Portal located on the Tribe’s website, at www.srmt-nsn,gov. The draft regulations are also available upon request from the Tribal Clerk’s Office, Office of the General Counsel or the main reception desk at the Ionkwakiohkwaronon Tribal Administration Building.
Written comments can be submitted by email to the Tribal Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Re: Draft Hemp Production Regulations
Office of the Tribal Clerk
71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way
Akwesasne, New York 13655
At the conclusion of the comment period, the proposed regulations will be adopted through a Tribal Council Resolution, with a least two of the three chiefs voting in favor. It will then be sent to the United States Department of Agriculture for approval prior to implementation.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People.