National Indian Cannabis Coalition Launches at National RES 2015
Washington, DC – Today, the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC) officially launched at RES 2015, the National Indian Economic Development Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. NICC, the first national coalition created to assist federally recognized Tribes in the legal, regulated cannabis industry, will be co-chaired by Jeff Doctor, former Democratic Congressional nominee and member of the Seneca Tribe, and Allyson Doctor, health care leadership and communications executive and member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Patrick Murphy, former Nevada State Legislator, will serve as a founding member of the NICC Board of Advisors.
Following a 2014 Department of Justice memorandum that opened discussions to tribal regulation of marijuana, there has been a spike in interest in cannabis cultivation in Indian Country. In this quickly emerging market, NICC will serve as a clearinghouse for Tribal leaders for accurate information on the multi-layer process of financing, designing and constructing effective cannabis cultivation and manufacturing enterprises.
“The cannabis industry has the complexity of high-tech agriculture and the regulatory pressure and profitability of the gaming industry”, said Co-Chairs Jeff and Allyson Doctor. “Through NICC, we hope to bring our collective experience in the cannabis and health care industries to benefit Indian Country in evaluating smart business opportunities in Nevada and across the country. We want to see our tribes succeed; NICC will provide the education and resources necessary to ensure that they do.”
The mission of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition is to educate Tribal leaders on the emerging regulated cannabis market from an operations perspective. NICC will serve as a clearinghouse for information on the medical benefits of cannabis; economic development opportunities of building a self-sustaining cultivation project from seed to sale; and investing with consideration for public health and safety for the benefit of the community.