Colorado Tribes 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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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.

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.

Cannabis is Legal in Colorado

Cannabis became legalized in Colorado effective January 2014 as a result of voters passing Amendment 64 on the November ballot of 2012. Marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational uses, however the state has two separate policy regulations for them.

Colorado Tribes

Colorado has two American Indian tribes. Both are recognized by the federal government.

Southern Ute Tribe
Post Office Box 737
CO 81137
(970) 563-4525

Mountain Ute Tribe
P O Box 52
CO 81344
(970) 565-3751

Cannabis Opportunities for Colorado Tribes

Southern Ute Tribe

The Southern Ute strongly oppose Colorado's recreational marijuana laws and have no plans to pursue marijuana business opportunities on their reservation.

Mountain Ute Tribe

Unlike the Southern Ute the Ute Mountain reservation is considering the possibilities of a business venture.

"We've been approached by several companies wanting us. They're telling us that we could possibly create $3 million a year for our tribe alone," said Priscilla Blackhawk Rentz, a councilwoman for the Mountain Ute tribe.

There have been no further announcements from the Mountain Ute tribe. Many tribes are waiting for more information and clarity from the U.S. Justice Department regarding federal enforcement of marijuana laws on tribal lands.