Iowa 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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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 Iowa for Limited Medical Use

Legal medical marijuana is limited to CBD only Oil and 3-4% THC oil. Recreational marijuana is illegal in Iowa. Possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor.

Iowa's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is one federally recognized tribe in Iowa, the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

The Sac & Fox Tribe is recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department, and the DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this Iowa tribe.

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Iowa Tribes

The Sac & Fox Tribe recognizes the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but has not announced its interests or any business plans.