- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) - The Menominee Indian Tribe is holding an advisory referendum on whether to legalize marijuana usage on the 350-square-mile reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Shawano Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1ffcnDy ) the proposal comes on the heels of the tribe’s unsuccessful effort to open a casino in Kenosha.

Tribal members over age 18 will cast ballots Wednesday and Thursday. They will decide whether marijuana should be legalized for medical use and whether it should be legalized for recreational use by anyone age 21 or older.

Results are expected to be announced by Friday and will guide the tribe’s nine-member governing board in its deliberations on whether to pursue marijuana as a new business venture.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw won’t say whether he supports the referendum, but he’s urging tribal members to vote.

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Information from: Shawano Leader, http://www.shawanoleader.com

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