Just two days after the first legal marijuana store in Minnesota opened their doors, a second outlet has opened their doors to everyone 21 and older. Both outlets are on tribal land.
As of August 1 in Minnesota those 21 and older are allowed to possess and cultivate marijuana for recreational purposes in Minnesota. Despite state-licensed marijuana stores not opening until 2025, two tribes have voted to allow marijuana sales sooner – Red Lake Nation and White Earth Nation.
Red Lake Nation’s marijuana store (NativeCare) opened their doors on August 1, with hundreds waiting in line despite heavy rain at times. On Thursday, White Earth Nation’s Waabigwan Mashkiki began selling recreational marijuana to everyone 21+, including nontribal members. The outlet was funded by a $6 million loan approved n 2021 by the White Earth Reservation Business Committee.
Waabigwan Mashkiki, located in Mahnomen, officially opened on Monday, but only for medical marijuana patients. On Thursday they allowed anyone in who was at least 21 years old.
“Our teams have been working diligently to prepare for this launch, and we’re excited to provide a safe and controlled environment for cannabis access,” said the White Earth Reservation Business Committee. “This endeavor aligns with our tribal sovereignty and self-determination.”
Waabigwan Mashkiki is selling dried marijuana flower and prerolls, as well as edibles and marijuana vape cartridges.