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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Medical use of marijuana was legalized January 1, 2013. Recreational use is legalized July 2018.

Massachusetts's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Massachusetts Tribes

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