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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

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.

Cannabis Opportunities for 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.