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Iowa Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana is 100% Illegal in Iowa

Recreational marijuana is illegal in Iowa. Possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor.

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News USDA approves three more tribes for hemp programs April 15, 2020 - The USDA has approved hemp plans for three more tribes to self-regulate the cultivation, production and marketing of hemp on reservation lands without oversight from state or local ... Read more

Iowa's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is one federally recognized tribe in Iowa, the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

The Sac & Fox Tribe is recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department, and the DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this Iowa tribe.

For a complete list of Iowa tribes and their locations, see our page about Iowa Tribes.

Cannabis Opportunities for Iowa Tribes

The Sac & Fox Tribe recognizes the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry. In 2020 the tribe submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of agriculture for growing hemp on its reservation. Federal approval was granted in April 2020. Details


Hemp is a variety of Cannabis plant grown for industrial use.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow tribes to self-administer hemp production on their reservations if they submit an acceptable plan. See U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

USDA-Approved Hemp Plans - IOWA

Sac & Fox Tribe of Mississippi in IowaApproved Plan
State of IowaApproved Plan