North Dakota Tribes and Marijuana

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.

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News U.S. Justice Dept Rescinds All Obama Marijuana Policies 01.04.2018 - The DOJ today rescinded all cannabis policies of the Obama Administration that allowed states to decide their own laws on recreational and medical cannabis.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

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.