U.S. Says Tribes Can Grow, Sell Marijuana; They Are Wary


Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could prove an economic windfall and the U.S. Justice Department approves, the Associated Press reports. “I would really doubt tribes would be wanting to do something like that,” said Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes in Oregon, where voters this year approved a measure to legalize recreational pot. “We have an alcohol- and drug-free policy at work.”

The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday had adopted a new policy saying Indian tribes, which are considered sovereign nations, can grow and sell marijuana on tribal lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug. The policy addresses questions raised by tribes about how legalization of pot in states like Oregon, Washington and Colorado would apply to Indian lands. The Yakama Nation in Washington state recently banned marijuana on the reservation and is trying to halt state regulated pot sales and grows on lands off the reservation where it holds hunting and fishing rights.

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