Federal Ruling Legalizes Marijuana on Native American Reservations in Texas (and the Rest of the Nation)
Oh happy day. Texas now has a legal marijuana market, in which marijuana can be grown and sold without the feds swooping in all stealth-like.
But unfortunately -- at least for most of you Texas' potheads -- that Lone Star legal weed will only be permitted on Native American reservations. (It's okay -- still we're secretly hopeful, too.)
In one of the coolest marijuana moves by the feds to date, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that Native Americans can grow and sell marijuana on reservations.
The new federal policy will allow tribes nationwide to grow and sell marijuana if they want to, as long as they are in top-top shape about keeping things regulated.
In order to take advantage of these sweet new weed rules, the tribes will need to work around state "enforcement triggers," which, of course, include not selling that sticky-icky to minors, or even adults outside the reservation where pot is still illegal.
And yes, unfortunately, that includes Texas.
According to TxCann, there are 326 federally-recognized American Indian reservations, and many of those reservations are in prohibition states like Texas and Oklahoma, and even on the East and West Coast, where they are still quite far from any pot shops.
Three reservation in Texas could be free of those marijuana chains under the new guidance from the Justice Department: the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, Kickapoo Traditional Tribe, and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.
"The tribes have the sovereign right to set the code on their reservations," U.S. attorney for North Dakota Timothy Purdon, chairman of the Attorney General's Subcommittee on Native American Issues, told the LA Times.
But there will still be some regulations, should the tribal marijuana policies not be up to par for the federal government. A statement from the Department of Justice stated that they will have the right to review tribal marijuana policies on a case-by-case basis, and that prosecutors will retain the right to enforce federal law.
"Each U.S. attorney will assess the threats and circumstances in his or her district, and consult closely with tribal partners and the Justice Department when significant issues or enforcement decisions arise in this area," the statement says.
While the scope of this ruling is pretty limited, it's still awesome that growing and selling weed is now legal in Texas -- even if it's just only sort of.
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