Tribes May Get Go-Ahead to Grow, Sell Marijuana

The Justice Department is expected to tell U.S. attorneys not to prevent Native American tribes from growing or selling marijuana on sovereign lands, even in states where it’s banned.

The move could further the boost the size and scope of the cannabis industry, though by how much is difficult to determine.

Tribes will still have to follow certain guidelines if they allow marijuana cultivation and sales, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While some tribes see cannabis sales as a potential source of revenue similar to casinos, not all are on board with the recommendation. Many Native American tribes are against legalization due to the legacy of alcohol abuse in their communities.

Federal officials will still enforce U.S. marijuana laws in Native American communities that decide not to allow cannabis cultivation and sales, the Times said.

Opponents to legalized marijuana criticized the move, saying it shows the government doesn’t care about federal laws.

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One comment on “Tribes May Get Go-Ahead to Grow, Sell Marijuana
  1. John Cox on

    I have Cherokee blood in my family .I would to grow marijuana it helps a lot of sick people .Not like alcohol or perceptions drugs does the tare family’s a part and kill a lot of people .It would bring money to us native American’s as long as it grown th right way ,Which I have been doing for some years now all organic .That is the only way I think it should be grown .I hope the let all tribal land and all tribe’s grow it if the wish to do so .That is all I have to say .Peach be with you all and take care of mother earth please do so .

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