Tribal Cannabis

Is Tribal Cannabis on a Comeback Tour?

For people in the know, the cannabis industry is an unpredictable roller coaster for a number of reasons having to do with federal illegality, evolving state regulations, and market volatility. One faction of the industry that many thought would immediately take off is cannabis being grown and sold in Indian Country by Native American Tribes.

Tribal Cannabis Update: First Peoples Move Ahead

Over the past couple of years, we have written about tribal cannabis and the efforts by various tribes in Oregon, Washington and elsewhere to roll out marijuana programs. Last week, at the Cannabis Law & Policy course I teach, we had the great pleasure of hosting Pi-Ta Pitt from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

ICYMI: Feds Say No to Marijuana at High Times Cannabis Cup on Tribal Lands

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–more state regulation of marijuana is going to lead to fewer and fewer cannabis cups and similar marijuana events and this in turn will force the purveyors of such events to get creative. Case in point: the 2017 High Times Cannabis Cup on the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation in Nevada

Menominee Hemp Lawsuit Goes Up in Smoke

In December, 2014, the Department of Justice stated it would not prosecute federal laws regulating the growing or selling of marijuana on tribal lands, even in states where cannabis is illegal. Monty Wilkinson, Director for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, authored the statement, and it seemed to give Tribes the opportunity to become cannabis players because

Puyallup Tribe to Open Marijuana Testing Lab

The Puyallup Tribe joins ranks with the Squaxin Island and Suquamish Tribes by signing a compact with the State of Washington to engage in Washington’s marijuana industry. This time though the Puyallup Tribe is not going for the production, processing, or retailing of marijuana; the Tribe is going to be a marijuana testing facility (for now). The Tribe recently

Oregon’s Warm Springs Tribe is Getting into the Marijuana Biz

Last week, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs became the first Tribe in Oregon to announce that it would be growing and selling cannabis on its tribal lands. We’ve seen other Tribes try (and fail) to do the same thing. And we’ve seen other Tribes enter state compacts to grow and sell marijuana. But this is the first Tribe

Is Tribal Cannabis Still Possible?

In 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an enforcement memo addressing how Tribes can fit into marijuana legalization. Though that memo neither legalizes marijuana for Tribes nor makes any changes to federal drug laws, it states that Tribes will essentially be given a pass, like states, to legalize marijuana in accordance with current DOJ marijuana enforcement priorities.

The Suquamish Marijuana Compact: First in the State, First in the Nation

The Suquamish Tribe and the State of Washington recently signed and entered into the first ever marijuana compact to allow a Native American Tribe to cultivate, process, and sell marijuana within a state’s highly regulated marijuana system. The Tribe’s own marijuana regulations have not been disclosed to the public. We previously blogged about how Washington was the first state to adopt

Cannabis On Native American Lands: Lessons From the Pit River Raid

Last week, government authorities raided a cannabis cultivation operation on the Pit River reservation. According to a press release issued by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the California Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant on

Marijuana Compacts and Washington Tribes: Will There Be Cannabis?

Governor Inslee signed HB 2000 into law earlier this month. We wrote about it before. In short, it authorizes the governor to enter into compacts with tribal governments regarding regulation of marijuana businesses, enforcement of law, taxation, dispute resolution, and a few other issues. Now that it has been signed, the big question is whether we