Cannabis is illegal for all purposes in Idaho. Possession of a small amount of marijuana is a criminal misdemeanor.
There are four Idaho tribes that are recognized by the federal government. These tribes qualify for the DOJ marihuana policy.
Coeur D'Alene Tribe
850 A Street
P.O. Box 408
Plummer, ID 83851-040
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
100 Circle Drive
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-126 9
Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho
Nez Perce Tribe
100 Agency Road
P.O. Box 305
Lapwai, ID 83540-0305
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
Agency Building 82
P.O. Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 83203-0306
Idaho tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but none have announced plans to start a business. The state ban may have some tribes waiting for legal clarity from the federal government.
February 20, 2021
Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the Nez Perce Tribe's plan to self-manage the production of industrial hemp on the tribe's reservation in Idaho. The Nez Perce is the 41st tribe to receive this approval.
The Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee issued a statement following the USDA announcement that included these comments:
"We are working hard to diversify and expand the economy in this region. Regulatory efforts like this hemp code and our recently adopted water code are important foundational steps in this effort
"Although we still have a lot of work to do before we license the first crops, we are excited for what the future holds in this area and to bring back an element of our culture that's been missing for some time."
- Shannon F. Wheeler, Chairman
October 18, 2020
The Nez Perce Tribe is seeking member approval for a proposed amendment to the Nez Perce Tribal Code that will establish a regulatory framework for producing industrial hemp on reservation land under terms of the 2018 Farm Bill.
With approval of the amendment and acceptance of the plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Nez Perce Tribe will self-regulate the cultivation of hemp without state jurisdiction. Idaho prohibits hemp and all other cannabis products.
Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee Law and Order Subcommittee Chairman Arthur Broncheau issued this statement:
"Due to its versatility and organic nature, industrial hemp has been identified as a potential avenue for economic development on the reservation. Because there is tremendous growth in sectors of the economy that rely on hemp, the Tribe believes hemp is an emerging market that can accomplish economic self-sufficiency and increase jobs in our region."
"It is important that there are proper laws in place to regulate this new industry," Broncheau said. "Once a final hemp ordinance is approved by the USDA and codified by the tribe, the tribe will work on implementation of the regulatory framework. The ultimate goal will be ensuring that there is a clear and consistent process in place for regulating growers on the reservation."
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