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Washington Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana is Fully Legal in Washington

Cannabis is legal in this state for any purpose by adults over 21. Washington legalized medical marijuana in 1998. In 2012 Washington and Colorado werethe first states to legalize recreational marijuana.

News Headlines

News U.S. Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp December 13, 2018 - Congress has passed a new farm bill which includes the federal legalization of industrial hemp. Hemp is now classified as an agricultural product and legal to produce, distribute and sell. ... Read more News Tulalip Tribes opens 'Remedy Tulalip' cannabis store August 10, 2018 - Tulalip Tribes opens 'Remedy Tulalip' cannabis retail store August 10, 2018. The store is located on the tribe's reservation in Marysville, WA. ... Read more News Muckleshoot Tribe opens cannabis store named 'Joint Rivers' July 15, 2018 - The Muckleshoot Tribe has opened a new cannabis retail store in Auburn, WA. The store named Joint River offers a drive thru window for its customers. ... Read more News Suquamish Tribe open Agate Dreams dispensary January 17, 2018 - When recreational cannabis sales become legal in the state of Washington, the Suquamish tribe decided to open a dispensary named Agate Dreams. ... Read more News S'Klallam Tribe will open "High Point" a marijuana retail store on March 3   January 4, 2018 - High Point will begin selling marijuana March 3, 2018 in a temporary building just north of the tribe's Gliding Eagle Market. ... Read more

Washington Tribes with Cannabis Businesses

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

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington
39015 172nd Ave SE, Auburn WA 98092.
Phone Number: (253) 939-3311 Fax Number: (253) 931-8570

2121 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Phone: (509) 233-4420

Joint River is a cannabis retailer and the first in the state with a drive-through dispensary. The store is located on the Muckleshoot Indian Reserve, which is just outside the city limits of Auburn.

Joint Rivers claims to be "The biggest and the best cannabis retailer in the Pacific Northwest!"

Website: Joint Rivers

Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe of the Port Gamble Reservation, Washington
31912 Little Boston Rd NE, Kingston WA 98346.
Phone Number: (360) 297-2646 Fax Number: (360) 297-7097

30521 Hansville RD NE
Kingston, WA 98346
Phone: (360) 297-6191

High Point Cannabis is a retail store that opened April 20, 2018 on reservation land of the Port Gamble S'klallam Tribe. The store operates in a portable building located next to the Gliding Eagle Market in Kingston, WA.

Website: High Point Cannabis

Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation, Washington
3009 E Portland Ave, Tacoma WA 98404.
Phone Number: (253) 573-7828 Fax Number: (253) 680-5996

3700 Pacific Hwy E #400
Fife, WA 98424
Phone: (253) 382-6900

Medicine Creek Analytics is a test lab licensed by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) to test cannabis for potency, contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals. Medicine Creek is also accredited by the international standard ISO 17025.

Website: Medicine Creek Analytics

Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington
10 SE Squaxin Lane, Shelton WA 98584.
Phone Number: (360) 426-9781 Fax Number: (360) 426-6577

90 WA-108
Shelton, Washington 98584
Phone: (360) 462-4025

In November 2015 Elevation became the first reservation cannabis store to open in the nation. It is located across the street from their casinno, the Little Creek Casino Resort.

Website: High Elevation

Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington
PO Box 498, Suquamish WA 98392.
Phone Number: (360) 598-3311 Fax Number: (360) 598-3135

15915B WA-305
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Phone: (360) 598-1315

Agate Dreams is a cannabis store located on the Suquamish reservation in Kitsap County.

In Sept 2015 the Suquamish Tribe was the first tribe in the nation to sign a marijuana compact with the state. Soon afterwards the tribe opened Agate Dreams on Dec 7, 2015.

Website: Agate Dreams

Sweet Relief
2947 East Highway 101
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Phone: 360-598-1318

Tokem Cannabis is a cannabis processor owned by the Suquamish Tribe.

Website: Tokem Cannabis

Tulalip Tribes of the Tulalip Reservation, Washington
6406 Marine Dr, Tulalip WA 98271.
Phone Number: (360) 716-4500 Fax Number: (360) 716-0628

9226 34th Ave NE
Marysville, WA 98271
Phone: (360) 716-3200

Remedy Tulalip is a cannabis retail store that opened August 10, 2018. It is partnered with other Native American tribes which are developing high quality brands of cannabis.

Website: Remedy Tulalip

Washington's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There are 29 federally-recognized tribes in Washington. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to these Washington tribes. Each is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Hoh Indian Tribe
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation
Lower Elwha Tribal Community
Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation
Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nooksack Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation
Quileute Tribe of the Quileute Reservation
Quinault Indian Nation
Samish Indian Nation
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
Skokomish Indian Tribe
Snoqualmie Indian Tribe
Spokane Tribe of the Spokane Reservation
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington
Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Tulalip Tribes of Washington
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe
For a complete list of Washington tribes and their locations, see our page about Washington Tribes.

News Articles

Tulalip Tribes opens 'Remedy Tulalip' cannabis store

August 10, 2018

On Friday Remedy Tulalip opened. The marijuana store is owned by the Tulalip Tribes.

Located on the tribe's land, this is the fourth marijuana dispensary of its kind to open in Washington state.

The store will cater towards customers that are first time visitors in a cannabis store, marijuana connoisseurs, and tourists in the area.

Customers to Remedy Tulalip are greeted by Cannabis Concierges. They are trained to answer customer questions and give recommendations on brands based on what the guest is looking for.

The store has 73 employees. Members of the Tulalip Tribes make up about a third of the employees.

Federal law still regards marijuana as a controlled substance. Many parts of Indian Country also enforce this law. However, enforcement of the federal law has not occurred on any of the tribal owned land in Washington state. In 2012 voters approved the measure that legalized marijuana in the state.

Compacts have been agreed upon between the state and tribes over the regulations and other operation issues for the tribal owned marijuana stores.

Washington tribes have not encountered federal enforcement. However, tribes in other states have. Raids have been conducted in Wisconsin, California, and South Dakota. These tribes have been prevented from selling, growing, and manufacturing both marijuana and hemp.

Congress is attempting to clarify the law giving states official rights to decide on their own regarding marijuana in their states. The proposal has been named the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. Under this Act the decision of the tribes to choose on marijuana and hemp issues will be left to the tribes. Their choices will be respected under their sovereignty.


Muckleshoot Tribe opens cannabis store named 'Joint Rivers'

July 15, 2018

A new cannabis retail outlet, named Joint Rivers, has opened in Auburn, Washington. It the first of its kind. The store offers a drive thru window for their customers.

The store offers many different kinds of marijuana. It is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

A grand opening celebration is being planned for in the future months. No official date has been announced. However, on July 30 Joint Rivers will host Vendors' Day. 30 vendors will be in attendance. There will also be food trucks and music.

The store is owned by the Muckleshoot tribe. It is also located on their tribal land. They submitted their business application and other permits needed to run the business.

The drive thru option is for customers that are not publicly open about their cannabis usage. Customers can submit their order on the Joint Rivers website. Then can pick up their order later at the store window without other people easily seeing them.

The drive thru option is a first for the State of Washington. However, it is not the first in the country. In November 2017 Cannabis Marketplace opened in Las Vegas also offering a drive thru.

Under the federal law, marijuana is still classified as an illegal substance. U.S. Attorney General previously rescinded the guidelines that allowed tribes to enforce their own sovereign laws regarding cannabis. However, tribes located in Washington have not had federal enforcement over their cannabis industry on their lands. Knowing that this could change, many tribal leaders are growing concerned.

There is a proposed bill that would allow for states to legalize cannabis without facing backlash from the federal government. Known as the STATES act, it has recently been introduced to both the House and the Senate for consideration.

Voters approved the legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Washington in 2012.


Suquamish Tribe open Agate Dreams dispensary

January 17, 2018

Agate Dreams

On July 01, 2014 recreational cannabis sales become legal in the state of Washington. The Suquamish tribe decided to open a dispensary named Agate Dreams. It is located in Kitsap County.

In October of the same year, the Cole Memo was produced. It was confirmed by the Department of Justice that it can be applied to the tribe's land. Soon after the Suquamish began putting together plans for the new dispensary. They actively began pursuing their options to build a business.

A compact was signed between the state of Washington and the Suquamish tribe in September 2015. This was a historic moment since this was the first time a compact of this type was approved by both a tribe and a state.

The dispensary is operated by Squamish Evergreen Corporation and Port Madison Enterprises. It follows the same regulations and rules as a non-tribal owned dispensaries.

There is no state sales tax on the cannabis sold. However there is the equivalent tribal tax. This is applied to all purchases made by non-tribal members on the products.

The tribal government benefits from the profits and tax revenue earned at the store. The money is used to provide health services for tribal members and college education. They are also intending to use the money for the purchase of land.

Future plans for the business will be to expand their Tokem Cannabis brand. This includes the distribution on marijuana and processing of the plants.


S'Klallam Tribe will open "High Point" a marijuana retail store on March 3

January 04, 2018

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has approved a marijuana compact for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe to sale marijuana through a retail store to be named High Point. The store will begin in a temporary building at the corner of Little Boston Road and Hansville Road (just north of the tribe's Gliding Eagle Market). A permanent building will be built at that location by the end of the year.

High Point will begin selling marijuana March 3, 2018.

The regulation for the selling, production, and testing in the laboratory for marijuana are being set. However, it is not official until Gov. Jay Inslee signs the compact. It is possible that could happen sometime this week.

Other future plans include the production, testing, and processing of marijuana. A facility will be built next to The Point Casino and Hotel. That is located off of Hansvill Road and also owned by the tribe.

In 2015 a bill was passed by the state that allows for tribal compacts over marijuana to be made.

Adults 21 and older can buy marijuana from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. That regulation was passed by the tribe las year when they started in talks with the state for the compact.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board along with tribal police will monitor and inspect the store. These will be done to make sure that people under 21 will not be able to buy the marijuana.


Squaxin Island Reservation Marajuana Store: First in the State, First in the Nation

November 9, 2015

Squaxin Island Tribe legalized marijuana on their reservation and signed a 10-year compact with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

In November 2015 the tribe opened the first reservation cannabis store in the country. Their store is named "Elevation" and is located across the street from their casinno, the Little Creek Casino Resort. The address is 90 W State Route 108, Shelton, Washington 98584.

Website: high-elevation.com

Suquamish Marijuana Compact: First in the State, First in the Nation

September 21, 2015

The Suquamish Indians legalized marijuana on their reservation and signed the first tribal marijuana compact in the country. It is a 10-year agreement with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board that allows the tribe to grow, process and sell marijuana statewide.

The Suquamish have one retail outlet located at 15915 State Highway 305 NE, Poulsbo, Washington, 98370. They intend to add more locations in time.

Puyallup Tribe Opens Marijuana Test Lab, Sells Marijuana to Own Tribe

August 5, 2016

The Puyallup Tribe is third tribe in Washington to enter into a cannabis business. Their first step was to open a test lab to insure quality of their product by testing for contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals.

The next step to grow medical cannabis. The tribe announced this crop will stay on their reservation for tribal members with cancer, but down the road the trbe may become a supplier toe the state's reacreational marijuana market.

Yakama Nation Keeps Marijuana Illegal on Reservation

October 27, 2013

Yakama Nation prohibits recreational marijuana on their 1.2 million-acre reservation even though it is legal off reservation.

Tribe attorney George Colby said, "... the citizens of Washington lack the authority to legalize recreational pot use on tribal lands. We want to put out public information for those that want to grow, sell and distribute that they are not welcome on Yakama Nation lands."

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recognizes the tribe's position on marijuana and has added an application rule to notify the Yakama Nation tribal office if anyone applies for a marijuana permit on the reservation.