Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018.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 legal in this state for any purpose by adults over 21. Washington legalized medical marijuana in 1998. In 2012 Washington and Colorado werethe first states to legalize recreational marijuana.
There are 29 federally-recognized tribes in Washington. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Washington tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.
Washington tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but most have not announced their interests or business plans.
Jan 4, 2018
A marijuana compact between the State and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe was signed last week by the governor and approved by the Liquor and Cannabis Board.
Retail sales could begin next month in a temporary facility on the tribe's North Kitsap reservation. The store location is the corner of Little Boston Road and Hansville Road just north of its Gliding Eagle Market. A permanent store could replace it at the same location in 2019.
The S'Klallam Tribe plans to grow, process and test cannabis on their reservation. In time they may build an indoor production facility west of their The Point Casino.
November 9, 2015
Squaxin Island Tribe legalized marijuana on their reservation and signed a 10-year compact with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.
In November 2015 the tribe opened the first reservation cannabis store in the country. Their store is named "Elevation" and is located across the street from their casinno, the Little Creek Casino Resort. The address is 90 W State Route 108, Shelton, Washington 98584.
September 21, 2015
The Suquamish Indians legalized marijuana on their reservation and signed the first tribal marijuana compact in the country. It is a 10-year agreement with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board that allows the tribe to grow, process and sell marijuana statewide.
The Suquamish have one retail outlet located at 15915 State Highway 305 NE, Poulsbo, Washington, 98370. They intend to add more locations in time.
August 5, 2016
The Puyallup Tribe is third tribe in Washington to enter into a cannabis business. Their first step was to open a test lab to insure quality of their product by testing for contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals.
The next step to grow medical cannabis. The tribe announced this crop will stay on their reservation for tribal members with cancer, but down the road the trbe may become a supplier toe the state's reacreational marijuana market.
October 27, 2013
Yakama Nation prohibits recreational marijuana on their 1.2 million-acre reservation even though it is legal off reservation.
Tribe attorney George Colby said, "... the citizens of Washington lack the authority to legalize recreational pot use on tribal lands. We want to put out public information for those that want to grow, sell and distribute that they are not welcome on Yakama Nation lands."
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recognizes the tribe's position on marijuana and has added an application rule to notify the Yakama Nation tribal office if anyone applies for a marijuana permit on the reservation.