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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Cannabis is Legal in Oregon

Oregon allows the use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. It was the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Possession of 1 ounce or less is a violation not a crime. The offense is a $500 to $1,000 fine. Retail sales of marijuana for recreational use began January 1, 2017 . These retail outlets are licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Oregon's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Burns Paiute Tribe
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon
Coquille Indian Tribe
Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Klamath Tribes

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Oregon Tribes

Oregon tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but most have not announced their interests or business plans.

Warm Springs Cannabis is a 100% Tribally owned

May 9, 2016

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs broke ground on Oregon's first tribal-owned marijuana cultivation operation. They are building a 36,000-square-foot greenhouse on five acres of their reservation.

Cannabis products will be branded "Warm Springs Cannabis". The tribe hopes to open three outlet shops in Portland and Bend. First year sales forecast is $11 million. Second year is $26 million.

Website: https://warmsprings-nsn.gov/program/warm-springs-cannabis/