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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

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

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.