The United States Justice Department just announced that it will instruct all U.S. attorneys to no longer prevent any Native American tribes from growing, or selling marijuana on reservation land.
This includes reservations within states that prohibit marijuana use, as the reservations are sovereign entities, apart from the states that surround them.
That means, in the words of High Times, “the law of the land will be left up to each individual tribe.”
“Finally, Native Americans are really beginning to experience true sovereignty,” Dan Skye, the editor-in-chief of High Times said, weighing in on this decision by the U.S. government: “Cannabis – whether it’s industrial hemp, medical or recreational marijuana – can provide employment and economic stimulus on Indian reservations which is so desperately needed.”
We still do not have any indication how many First Nations will take advantage of this new policy.
Typical federal rules, barring marijuana from being sold to minors, being made available to drug cartels, being grown on public lands, or spread across state lines, will still apply.