Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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.
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.
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.
For a complete list of North Dakota tribes and their locations, see our page about North Dakota Tribes.
North Dakota tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or business plans.