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Wyoming Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana is 100% Illegal in Wyoming

All uses of cannabis in Wyoming are prohibited by law with the exception of low-THC CBD oil. In July 2017 CBD oil became legal for treatment of seizures.

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News Three more tribes approved by USDA for hemp production February 27, 2020 - The USDA approved tribal hemp regulatory plans in February from the Otoe-Missouria Tribe (Oklahoma), Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Kansas) and Santee Sioux Nation (Nebraska), ... Read more News Eastern Shoshone Tribe considering medical marijuana and hemp opportunities December 14, 2019 - The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is studying the business opportunities and legalities of producing medical marijuana and hemp on their Wind River Reservation. ... Read more

Wyoming's Federally-Recognized Tribes

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

Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
14 Norfork Road
P.O. Box 538
Fort Washakie
WY 82514
(307) 332-4932
http://www.easternshoshone.net

Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
533 Ethete Road
P.O. Box 396
Fort Washakie
WY 82514
(307) 332-6120
http://www.northernarapaho.com

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

Cannabis Opportunities for Wyoming Tribes

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

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Eastern Shoshone Tribe considering medical marijuana and hemp opportunities

December 14, 2019

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Wyoming is studying the business opportunities and legalities of producing medical marijuana and hemp on their Wind River Reservation. These studies were initiated last September in a vote by the tribe's General Council. There will be no consideration of recreational use of marijuana which is illegal in Wyoming.

A group member working on the project, Bobbi Shongutsie, said:

"Some of the benefits we thought of together were to create more jobs and to heal our people. We're trying to transition hemp and medical cannabis into Wyoming so our tribe can get financially stable".

"We obviously have a vision on getting hemp and medical cannabis here, and our very first step is taking it to our governing body. We are the last of the first seventh generation, inspiring and motivating the next seventh generation".

The 2018 Farm Bill allows states and tribes to seek approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to administer hemp production plans within their own borders. Earlier this month the State of Wyoming received USDA approval of its plan under which Wyoming farmers can grow hemp beginning in 2020.

After the study is completed and the results analyzed, the Eastern Shoshone may decide to follow the same path taken by the Wyoming government by submitting a similar plan to the USDA for administering cultivation and processing on the Wind River Reservation.

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