The Justice Department will not prevent Native American tribes from growing or selling marijuana on their sovereign lands, even in states where weed is banned, according to a report in The L.A. Times.
Some federal regulations would be in place: no selling to minors, weed can’t be grown on public land or fall into the hands of drug cartels, etc. – but each tribe would be able to decide if they wished to sell marijuana on their land.
But don’t think that this necessarily means that you will be able to get yourself some bud from one of the tribes in The Coachella Valley anytime soon – as Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues, told The L.A Times in an interview that the majority of Native American tribes, mindful of the painful legacy of alcohol abuse in their communities, appear to be against allowing marijuana use on their territory.
“The tribes have the sovereign right to set the code on their reservations,” Purdon told the newspaper.