Oregon tribal hemp program below assessment by federal officials

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BEND, Oregon (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has submitted a program to the federal government to administer hemp production on its lands.

The Bulletin reported Tuesday that if the U.S. Division of Agriculture approves the program, the hemp jobs could fill employment gaps brought on by the closure of tribal entities.

Warm Springs is 1 of 11 tribes listed on the USDA web page with a hemp program below assessment.

Officials say the reservation has been taking into consideration some type of cannabis enterprise considering the fact that it became legal in Oregon in 2015.

About 150 Warm Springs workers lost jobs with the closure of the Kah-Nee-Ta resort a year ago, which followed the 2016 closure of a reservation-owned timber mill exactly where 85 jobs had been lost.

Tribal financial improvement firm Warm Springs Ventures declined to comment.

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Details from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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