Late last year the Obama Administration issued a memo stating that if Native American tribes wanted to grow and/or sell marijuana on tribal lands, that the administration would not stand in the way. It was unclear at first just how many tribes, if any, would pursue marijuana cultivation and/or sales. Then slowly but surely news came out about tribes exploring the idea from California to Minnesota. Now it appears that over 100 Native American tribes are considering the idea. Per the Huffington Post:
More than 100 Native American tribes have reached out to FoxBarry Farms, a management firm building the nation’s first marijuana facility on tribal land, over the past month to express interest in the cannabis industry.
FoxBarry CEO Barry Brautman, whose company also works with tribes to build and operate casinos, told The Huffington Post there has been a surge of interest since the Department of Justice’s announcement late last year that tribes are free to grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they adhere to specific guidelines.
“I really underestimated,” Brautman said. “So many tribes are wanting to do this right now.”
Marijuana cultivation and sales would be a great thing for tribes that no doubt need jobs and revenue. Tribal lands are located all over the United States, including states that do not allow marijuana cultivation and sales of any kind. Any tribe in those states that started cultivating and/or selling marijuana would reap enormous benefits. People are already going to many tribal lands for casinos, imagine if they could also purchase marijuana. It would result in a booming industry for the tribes, and would provide even more recreational activities for tourists.