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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

The medical or recreational use of cannabis is illegal in Utah. The one exception is low-THC CBD oil is allowed for treatment of epilepsy.

Utah's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah
Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, India n Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)
Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah
Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Utah Tribes

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