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North Dakota Tribes and Cannabis

Medical Marijuana is Legal in North Dakota

In 2016 North Dakota legalized the medical use of cannabis. Recreational use remains illegal. Possession of small recreational amounts is a misdemeanor crime. Industrial hemp cultivation is legal.

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News USDA approves hemp plans for three more tribes April 3, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved hemp regulatory plans for the Oglala Sioux, Seneca Nation and Turtle Mountain Band ... Read more News U.S. Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp December 13, 2018 - Congress has passed a new farm bill which includes the federal legalization of industrial hemp. Hemp is now classified as an agricultural product and legal to produce, distribute and sell. ... Read more

North Dakota's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, ND
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota

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

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North Dakota tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, and a few are actively pursuing these opportunities.


Hemp is a variety of Cannabis plant grown for industrial use.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow tribes to self-administer hemp production on their reservations if they submit an acceptable plan. See U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

USDA-Approved Hemp Plans - NORTH DAKOTA

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa IndiansApproved Plan
State of North DakotaUnder USDA