In a memo released yesterday, The Department of Justice has instructed United States attorneys to allow the cultivation and sales of Marijuana for Native American tribes on sovereign lands – even in states that currently have no legal marijuana regulations.
It’s unknown how many and to what extent Native American tribes will be interested in these new permissions, however, they do open up the possibility of a considerable revenue stream to assist already profitable casino and tobacco businesses that operate on many Native American lands.
While it’s likely that several Native American tribes will pursue profits from legal regulated marijuana – it’s also likely that some will avoid doing so because of alcohol and drug problems already existing on many tribal lands from casinos and other influences.
As Mike Liszewski of Americans for Safe Access noted, “as sovereign nations, these lands should already have this ability as a right.” Either way, this move could mean that legal marijuana sales will start taking place in nearly every state in America. According to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, there are currently 326 recognized American Indian reservations in the United States.
Former Klamath Tribes chairman Jeff Mitchell noted,
“I have confidence in tribal government that they will deal with it appropriately and they’ll take into consideration social and legal aspects, as well as other implications that go along with bringing something like that into a community,”