Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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.
Marijuana for medical uses was legalized in 2014. Marijuana for recreational use is illegal. In 1976 the possession of 42.5 grams or less was decriminalized to a petty misdemeanor.
There are twelve federally-recognized tribes in Minnesota. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Minnesota tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.
For a complete list of Minnesota tribes and their locations, see our page about Minnesota Tribes.
Minnesota tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, and some are waiting for more information and legal clarity from the federal government.
August 21, 2017
White Earth Reservation is growing hemp in northwestern Minnesota. The tribe has invested $100,000 to grow five varieties of hemp.
As the crop size increases the tribe plans to purchase an industrial press to produce hemp oil.
Feb 8, 2015
The Tribal Council or the Red Lake Nation voted this week to conduct a feasibility study on the cannabis industry. The Red Lake reservation is very large with more than 1,200 square miles.
U.S. Department of Justice announced last year that tribes are free to grow and sell marijuana on their reservations.
"They are their own jurisdiction and they can control what they do on their own land," said Assistant Health Commissioner Manny Munson-Regala of the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program.
"Whatever we do, it will be done very carefully," Red Lake Chairman Darrell Seki Sr. announced