IRRRB members decline to fund Fond du Lac Cannabis Corporation project, Commissioner Rukavina plans to move it forward

Update from IRRRB meeting

Some difference of opinion about funding for a proposed cannabis project for the Fond du Lac Band at the IRRRB meeting.

At their meeting on Tuesday morning, members of the IRRRB said no to $2.75 million dollars for a cannabis project by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

But Commissioner Ida Rukavina said she plans on moving the project forward.

The proposal from Fond du Lac Cannabis Corporation includes a cultivation and manufacturing facility in Brookston and a retail location in Carlton County.

The proposal said the project would add 55 jobs.

Several members of the IRRRB said they do not support using public money for recreational use cannabis projects, and that’s why they voted no.

Others brought up the band’s legal stances on proposed mining and mining projects, which have generally been in opposition in recent years.

Band leaders said they do not oppose mining, but said they do oppose irresponsible mining.

The board did approve funding for the new distribution center for L&M Fleet Supply, Finnegan’s Farm, Cast 7, and the Hibbing Economic Development Authority.

And they signed off on a $62 million dollar budget.

Taconite production taxes fund Iron Range Resources.