OCT. 28, 2014 - US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT ENFORCE FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS
“Opening the door for what could be a lucrative and controversial new industry on some Native American reservations, the Justice Department… will tell U.S. attorneys to not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on the sovereign lands, even in states that ban the practice.
The new guidance, released in a memorandum, will be implemented on a case-by-case basis and tribes must still follow federal guidelines, said Timothy Purdon, the U.S. attorney for North Dakota and the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues…
Purdon said 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 federal government will continue to legally support those tribes that wish to ban marijuana, even in states that now permit its sale, Purdon said.”
Los Angeles Times Timothy M. Phelps, “U.S. Won’t Stop Native Americans from Growing, Selling Pot on Their Lands,” latimes.com, Dec. 11, 2014
US Department of Justice, “Policy Statement Regarding Issues in Indian Country,” Oct. 28, 2014