Dec 03, 2019 5:11 PM

Wyoming tribe considers hemp, medical marijuana for economy

Posted Dec 03, 2019 5:11 PM

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming tribe is considering hemp and medical marijuana as possible opportunities to bolster its economy and treat illnesses.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s General Council approved a group’s study of the benefits of legalizing medical marijuana and producing hemp.

The group whose Shoshone name So-go-Beah Naht-Su’ translates to Mother Earth and Medicine in English says it has no plans to push for legalizing recreational marijuana.

The group is expected to present research and a proposal at the next general council meeting, possibly in January.

Advocates say the measures could help diversify the Wind River Reservation economy while offering an additional option to treat some medical conditions.

The group says some older tribal citizens have expressed hesitance, with support coming from many younger tribal members.

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Prosecutor: Sturgis man who planned murder is master of lies

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Sturgis man who planned and helped with the kidnapping, murder and burial of his ex-girlfriend went to great lengths to cover up the crime.

Thirty-year-old Jonathan Klinetobe appeared in state court in Rapid City Monday for the first day of his sentencing hearing. He could be sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting first-degree manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld.

The Rapid City Journal reports Pennington County prosecutor Lara Roetzel called Klinetobe a master of lies and deception who recruited others and crafted complex stories to avoid being caught.

Rehfeld was fatally stabbed in May 2015 after she ended a relationship with Klinetobe.