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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Cannabis is illegal for recreational and medical use with the exception of low-THC CBD oil for treatment of persistent seizures. Possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in 2014 removing jail sentences for first time offenders.

Missouri's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is one federally-recognized tribe in Missouri, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this tribe. It is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Missouri Tribes

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma recognizes the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but has not announced their interests or any business plans.