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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Montana legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes in 2014. Recreational use is illegal.

Montana's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, MT
Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation of MT
Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy's Reservation, MT
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation
Crow Tribe of Montana
Fort Belknap Indian Community
Northern Cheyenne Tribe

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Montana Tribes

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