Connecticut 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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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 Illegal for Recreational Use

Marijuana is illegal for recreational use in Connecticut, however medical use is legal. Selling any amount of marijuana is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Federally-Recognized Tribes

Only two Connecticut tribes are officially recognized by the federal government. They are the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the Mohegan Tribe, which owns the Mohegan Sun.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
2 Matts Path
P.O. Box 3060
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3060 860-396-6100

Mohegan Tribe
13 Crow Hill Road
Uncasville, CT 06382

There are other American Indian tribes living in Connecticut that do not have federal recognition.

Algonquian Confederacy of the Quinnipiac Tribal Council, Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation, Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation, Nipmuc, Pequot, Pocomtuc, Potatuck, Saukiog, Siwanoy, Tunxis, Quinnipiac, Wabaquasset, Wangunk, Wappinger, Weantinock.

For a complete list of Connecticut tribes and their locations, see our page about Connecticut Tribes.

Cannabis Opportunities for Connecticut Tribes

The U.S. government allows federally-recognized tribes to self-regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana on their reservations. This could be potentially a huge business opportunity for the Pequot Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe. Both tribes want to diversify as neighboring states become major competitors to their casino business. However, any new business venture can not endanger their casino investgments.

Mohegans Review Marijuana As An Economic Opportunity

Dec 11, 2014

"On the point of marijuana as a potential economic opportunity, Mohegan Tribal Council have been very clear that they are looking at numerous opportunities to diversify into new emerging markets and products that promise to sustain their government for years to come," Charles F. Bunnell, the Mohegan Tribe's chief of staff for external affairs.