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Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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

Cannabis is illegal for all purposes in Virginia. Possession of a small amount is a criminal misdemeanor. In 2015 treatment of severe epilepsy using CBD oil was legalized.

Virginia's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is only one federally-recognized tribes in Virginia, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this Virginia tribe. The Pamunkey are federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Pamunkey Indian Tribe
1054 Pocahontas Trail
King William
VA 23086

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Virginia Tribes

Virginia's Pamunkey Indian Tribe recognizes the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or business plans.