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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Cannabis is illegal for recreational and medical purposes with the exception of low-THC CBD oil for children with severe epilepsy. Industrial hemp cultivation became legal in 2017, but is limited to 50 licenses and 50 acres each.

South Carolina's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is one federally-recognized tribe in South Carolina, the Catawba Indian Nation. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this South Carolina tribe. the Catawba Indian Nation is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

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

Cannabis Opportunities for South Carolina Tribes

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

With no federally-recognized tribes, there are no cannabis opportunities for American Indian tribes in South Carolina.