Red Lake voters approve medical marijuana measure

The unofficial results from Red Lake’s election Tuesday are in.

According to Red Lake Nation News, the medical marijuana legislation passed with 1,765 member voters in favor of the measure, with 425 against.

Of the tribal council’s four district seats, incumbent “Bob” Smith won re-election for the Red Lake district seat with 55 percent of the vote.

Michelle Cobenais was re-elected to the Little Rock seat with 63 percent of the vote, and Glenda Martin ran unopposed for the Ponemah seat.

In Redby, incumbent Allen Pemberton and challenger Herman Donnell were the top two candidates, but without receiving more than 50 percent of the vote, the two will be on the ballots for the runoff election this July.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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