Michigan Tribes and Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded all Justice Department marijuana policies from the Obama-era on Jan 4, 2018. Change is coming and the following information will be updated as it happens.

The U.S. Justice Department issued a policy in 2014 regarding marijuana on tribal lands. It allows federally-recognized tribes in states with legalized marijuana to decide their own policies and self-regulate the growing and sales of marijuana on their reservations.

Medical Cannabis is Legal in Michigan

Marijuana for medical uses was legalized in 2008. Marijuana for recreational use is illegal.

Michigan's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are twelve federally-recognized tribes in Michigan. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Michigan tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Bay Mills Indian Community, Michigan
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Michigan
Hannahville Indian Community, Michigan
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of MI
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Michigan
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Michigan
Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, MI
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan & Indiana
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Michigan Tribes

Michigan tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or any business plans.