In 2016 North Dakota legalized the medical use of cannabis. Recreational use remains illegal. Possession of small recreational amounts is a misdemeanor crime. Industrial hemp cultivation is legal.
There are four federally-recognized tribes in North Dakota. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these North Dakota tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.
For a complete list of North Dakota tribes and their locations, see our page about North Dakota Tribes.
North Dakota 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 - NORTH DAKOTA
|Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians||Approved Plan|
|State of North Dakota||Under USDA|
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