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Rhode Island Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Medical Cannabis is Legal in Rhode Island

Rhode Island legalized medical marijuana for qualifying illnesses in 2006. Use and possession of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal.

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News U.S. Justice Dept Rescinds All Obama Marijuana Policies 01.04.2018 - The DOJ today rescinded all cannabis policies of the Obama Administration that allowed states to decide their own laws on recreational and medical cannabis.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

Rhode Island's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Rhode Island Tribes

Rhode Island,s Narragansett Indian Tribe recognizes the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but has not announced its interests or business plans.