Alaska Native Villages and Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018. Change is coming and the following information will be updated as it happens.

Alaska has legalized cannabis making it legal for Alaska Native villages to grow and sell marijuana under federal policy.

Marijuana Legalization in Alaska

Alaska decriminalized cannabis in 2003. Alaska Measure 2 on the 2014 election ballot was passed by the voter making making marijuana legal for recreational and medical uses. The measure became law on Feb 24, 2015. It allows every Alaskan age 21 or older to have up to one ounce of marijuana in their possession and also grow up to six marijuana plants.

Federal policy allows Alaska Native Villages to regulate themselves on the use and growing of marijuana on their lands.

Alaska Native Villages

There are 231 Alaska Native villages1 recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior. For a listing of these native peoples, visit our page about Alaska Tribes.

1 Source: Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cannabis Opportunities for Alaska Tribes

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a marijuana drug enforcement policy for Native American lands that are recognized by the federal government as sovereign to its native peoples. The policy allows allows the cultivation and sales of cannabis on these reservation lands in states that have legalized the use of marijuana.

Alaska native villages have both federal and the state approvals to grow and sale commercial cannabis on their land.