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New Mexico Pueblos & Tribes and Cannabis

Medical Marijuana is Legal in New Mexico

Cannabis is legal in New Mexico for medical use. Recreational use is illegal and a criminal offense.

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New Mexico's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are 22 federally-recognized tribes in New Mexico. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these New Mexico tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Jicarilla Apache Nation, New Mexico
Kewa Pueblo
Mescalero Apache Tribe
Ohkay Owingeh
Pueblo of Acoma
Pueblo of Cochiti
Pueblo of Isleta
Pueblo of Jemez
Pueblo of Laguna
Pueblo of Nambe
Pueblo of Picuris
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of San Felipe
Pueblo of San Ildefonso
Pueblo of Sandia
Pueblo of Santa Ana
Pueblo of Santa Clara
Pueblo of Taos
Pueblo of Tesuque
Pueblo of Zia
Ramah Navajo Chapter
Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation

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

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New Mexico tribes recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, and a few are actively pursuing these opportunities.


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 - NEW MEXICO

Pueblo of Picuris TribeApproved Plan
State of New MexicoUnder USDA

News Articles

U.S. Largest Medical Marijuana Grow Facility

March 1, 2017

Acoma Pueblo is partnering with Bright Green Group of Companies to build the largest commercial growing operation in this country. The agreement is for 25 years . Acoma Pueblo is providing the land and Bright Green providing capital of $160 million.

In time this growing operation will become 6 million square feet of greenhouse and research facilities. That capacity will support 40 million medicinal plants. Most of the crop will be cannabis, but there will be other varieties such as pennywort and Indian ginseng.

The ground breaking was celebrated in March 2017. Completion will take two years.

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