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WIRE: Warm Springs Tribes name Sentinel Strainwise LLC as cannabis consultant

LAKEWOOD, CO — Sentinel Strainwise, LLC was announced as the official consultant to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in their creation of a cannabis economic development project. Details of this trailblazing project were unveiled during a recent groundbreaking ceremony.


“We found that Sentinel Strainwise had the right team that provided what we needed — expertise and training,” said Don Sampson, chief executive officer of Warm Spring Ventures, the business arm of the tribes. “We partnered with Sentinel Strainwise because they have experience with all aspects of operations, and their credibility is unmatched across the nation.”

The project was passed via a tribal referendum Dec. 18, 2015, by an approval rate of 86 percent.

The vertically integrated, 36,000 square-foot greenhouse facility and three (off-reservation) dispensaries included in the project plans will represent a comprehensive industry first. The Warm Springs Tribes are the first in the nation to develop a vertically integrated cannabis business, including cultivation, processing, extraction, wholesale and retail operations in medical and recreational cannabis.

“We are excited about this opportunity to help provide such a valuable benefit to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs,” said Erin Phillips, President and CEO of Strainwise. “We understand the importance of this project in terms of its economic impact and also in regard to our stewardship of resources, including water, electricity and recyclables.”

The Warm Springs Tribes and Sentinel Strainwise will adhere to the Cole Memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and a three-page policy statement that Director Monty Wilkinson of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys delivered to all U.S. Attorneys on Oct. 28, 2014. The Cole Memorandum provides guidance for prosecutors regarding enforcement of marijuana laws. The Wilkinson statement details the federal government’s position toward marijuana cultivation on tribal grounds. For a copy of these memoranda, please click here and here.

About Sentinel Strainwise
Sentinel Strainwise LLC is a joint venture based in Lakewood, Colo., comprised of the Sentinel and Strainwise companies, designed to provide consulting services and access to capital for tribally owned, cannabis-related companies. For more information, or to schedule an interview regarding Sentinel Strainwise and the firm’s tribal efforts, please contact Erin Phillips at 855-787-2469 or


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