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South Dakota jury to get case of man charged in pot resort

FLANDREAU, S. D. – A South Dakota jury will soon be the case of a man who is faced with a drug charge for the help of an American indian tribe that sought the development of a marijuana resort.

Closing arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the trial of Eric Hagen, who worked as a consultant for the Flandreau Santee Sioux on their project near Sioux Falls.

The tribe pursued the project in 2015 after the Ministry of Justice cleared the way for the tribes to grow and sell marijuana under the same conditions as the states that legalized pot.

But state and federal officials raised concerns about the Santee Sioux plan, and the tribe eventually burned his crop after federal officials signaled a possible raid.

Hagen has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with possession of marijuana. He argued that he was of the tribe of marijuana.

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