Tribal opportunities for cannabis and hemp productions in the USA

Tribal opportunities for cannabis and hemp productions in the USA

I wrote this article in my newspaper that is printed in Pocatello Idaho, the date was;

In this article I illustrate some of the legal changes in cannabis laws relating to US Native American tribes.  I also give my warning and decipher for others what I believe this means for US tribes and for US cannabis laws.

The Clovis Star 2015 Winter-Spring Edition

The Department of Justice issued a

memorandum on October 28th, 2014

that declares Native American, or

“Indian” nations can decide on their own

cannabis polices. However, some of the

lingo in this memorandum leaves more

questions than answers. It appears that

the feds will allow NA lands to choose

their own laws and polices, even so

much as to cite these lands and areas as

being “sovereign.” Then it slips in a

backhanded comment to make it seem

that the Department of Justice does not

know what the word “sovereign”

means. In one paragraph the memo

completely contradicts itself:

“Nothing in the Cole Memorandum

alters the authority or the jurisdiction of

the United States to enforce federal law

in Indian Country” It then goes on to

say: “The eight priorities in the Cole

Memorandum will guide United States

Attorneys’ marijuana enforcement efforts

in Indian Country, including in the event

that sovereign Indian Nations seek to

legalize the cultivation or use of

marijuana in Indian Country. ”

The U.S. government has a bad record

keeping agreements with sovereign


In recent years, the Department of

Justice seemingly reversed it’s

policy on cannabis when they

released the infamous “Ogden

Memo” and shortly after told legal

medical marijuana businesses that

they would back off. However,

despite that, the DOJ then

promptly reversed their policy and

proceeded to issue over 600%

more indictments than the

previous administration in 2 years.

A warning to the wise: In the

history of prohibition of one thing

or another, the government has

special interests that guide their

decisions via lobbying money.

Prohibition has always shown

negative fruits, as we saw after the

18th amendment was passed in

1919. After over 13 years of

massive government corruption,

street wars, and the flourishing of

the black market, the 21st

Amendment was passed to repeal

the 18th amendment. Cannabis,

however, has never gone through

the constitutional process of

creating prohibition. Unlike the

18th Amendment that prohibited

alcohol, there is no such

amendment authorizing cannabis


It is known that cannabis is part of

ancient religious ceremonies from

many religions, including the Bible

based religions. Exodus 30:23

defines an ingredient found in

modern editions of the Bible as

“Fragrant Cane” or “Fragrant

Incense” from the anointing oil of

Moses. However, many Torah

scholars, like Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan

in his book “The Living Torah,”

define this ingredient as the

הֵנְק םֶׂ -שֹב “Bosm Kaneh “Hebrew

which means cannabis, hemp, or

marijuana. In other words, cannabis

is protected by the 1st