PENSACOLA, Fla. – A small, Alabama-based Indian tribe that wants to expand its gambling operations into the Florida Panhandle is suggesting it might adopt a hardball negotiating stance with state leaders: Let us proceed, or we could consider growing and selling marijuana on our property.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says it has the right to build a casino north of Pensacola near the Alabama border.
The Poarch want to negotiate a compact with Gov. Rick Scott to govern the operation.
Scott so far has rebuffed the tribe, which already runs casinos in Alabama. The U.S. Department of Justice in December said tribes could grow and sell marijuana on their lands.
It's not clear whether the Porch would seriously consider growing pot there. The decision would need approval by the tribal council.