Reporter Jackie Bryant hung out in rural northeast San Diego County, checking in on the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel—a Kumeyaay tribe of around 300 people. Bryant bought some pre-rolls and learned some things.
- Years off a casino run that lasted until 2014, Santa Ysabel now allows cannabis growers to lease reservation land. The tribe’s 37,000-square-foot casino was converted to a dispensary called Mountain Source.
- Neither white locals nor state officials are excited about where this failed-casino narrative has gone. “If they’re growing and processing and selling their own cannabis, that’s their right,” says Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso. “However, if they’re selling cannabis or other goods that came from the California market, that’s not allowed without a state license.”