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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

First-time possession of less than 450 grams is a misdemeanor with a maximum 1-year prison sentence and $2,500 fine. Subsequent offenses can bring a fine of $100,000 and a sentence up to 3 1/2 years.

Sale of any amount is a fine of $300,000 to $500,000 and a prison sentence based on the seriousness of the crime.

Kansas's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There four federally-recognized tribes in Kansas. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Kansas tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation
Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Kansas Tribes

Kansas tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced any business plans.