Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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.
The U.S. Justice Department issued a policy in 2014 regarding marijuana on tribal lands. It allows federally-recognized tribes in states with legalized marijuana to decide their own policies and self-regulate the growing and sales of marijuana on their reservations.
The voters of Arizona approved Proposition 203 in 2010 legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Recreational marijuana remains illegal. Proposition 205 in November 2016 attempted to legalize recreational use but was defeated with 48.7% of the vote.
The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Arizona tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.
For a list of all Arizona tribes and their locations, see our page about Arizona Tribes.
Most tribes are considering the potential opportunites of the marijuana industry. The Navajo Nation is moving towards production of medical marijuana and hemp. Hemp is the fiber of the cannabis plant used in making rope and course fabrics.
July 1, 2017
The Navajo Nation Council Health, Education, and Human Services Committee voted unanimously 4-0 to allow the production of cannabis and hemp. The issue now passes to the Resources and Development Committee for review and approval. Final approval will be made by the Navajo Nation Council.