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A damp plot of bright green grass next to a Native American greenhouse in northern California doesn't look like much, but it could soon set the burgeoning marijuana industry on fire.An initial, 10,000-square-foot state-of-the art greenhouse is due to be erected within weeks on the land in Ukiah owned by the 250-member Pinoleville Pomo Nation, about 140 miles north of Sacramento. However, interest has exploded since a DOJ memo in December signaled that tribes would be treated the same as states that legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use.The memo indicates that a tribe can choose to legalize marijuana even within states where it's illegal, but would be barred from distributing pot beyond its own territory.Washington state's 1,200-member Suquamish tribe last year notified authorities it was considering producing and selling marijuana.But the state's 10,000-member Yakama tribe has outlawed marijuana on its 1.2 million acres, and wants it banned from 10.2 million acres of ancestral land it ceded to the federal government.
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