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New Mexico Pueblos & Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Medical Cannabis is Legal in New Mexico

Cannabis is legal in New Mexico for medical use. Recreational use is illegal and a criminal offense.

News Updates

News Congress May Block DOJ Prosecution of Medical Marijuana in 2-Year Budget
2018.02.10 - A budget deal may block the DOJ from money needed to enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that has voter approval for medical marijuana ... Read more
News U.S. Justice Dept Rescinds All Obama Marijuana Policies 01.04.2018 - The DOJ today rescinded all cannabis policies of the Obama Administration that allowed states to decide their own laws on recreational and medical cannabis. ... Read more

New Mexico's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are 22 federally-recognized tribes in New Mexico. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these New Mexico tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico
Kewa Pueblo
Mescalero Apache Tribe
Ohkay Owingeh
Pueblo of Acoma
Pueblo of Cochiti
Pueblo of Isleta
Pueblo of Jemez
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Nambe
Pueblo of Picuris
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of San Felipe
Pueblo of San Ildefonso
Pueblo of Sandia
Pueblo of Santa Ana
Pueblo of Santa Clara
Pueblo of Taos
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pueblo of Zia
Ramah Navajo Chapter
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation

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

Cannabis Opportunities for New Mexico Tribes

New Mexico tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but only a few have announced their interests or their business plans.

U.S. Largest Medical Marijuana Grow Facility

March 1, 2017

Acoma Pueblo is partnering with Bright Green Group of Companies to build the largest commercial growing operation in this country. The agreement is for 25 years . Acoma Pueblo is providing the land and Bright Green providing capital of $160 million.

In time this growing operation will become 6 million square feet of greenhouse and research facilities. That capacity will support 40 million medicinal plants. Most of the crop will be cannabis, but there will be other varieties such as pennywort and Indian ginseng.

The ground breaking was celebrated in March 2017. Completion will take two years.