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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Medical Cannabis is Legal in Louisiana

Medical marijuan has been legal in Louisiana since 2016. Marijuana for recreational use remains illegal, however, the punishment for first time possession was reduced in 2015 to a $300 fine and 15 days in jail.

Louisiana's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Louisiana Tribes

Louisiana tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or any business plans.