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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

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

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.