AUGUSTA – A Maine tribe has ruled out growing medical marijuana for now and will stick to pursuing growing hemp.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe says it had cut off all contact on the marijuana idea last fall with Monarch America, a Littleton, Colorado-based company that said it was close to building a Maine cultivation facility with the tribe. The tribe said that was false.

On Tuesday, South Dakota’s attorney general announced drug charges against officials of Monarch America after they helped a tribe in that state with its first marijuana crop.

Passamaquoddy CFO Darrin Coffin said at this point, the tribe doesn’t want to “push the boundary” by growing medical marijuana in Maine.

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