In Montana, the Blackfeet Nation decriminalized the possession of medical marijuana in 2018. That similar 12 months, the Gazette reported that the Fort Peck Tribal Council formally introduced that no tribal member may possess any form of marijuana. Both sovereign nations maintained these selections, whereas medical marijuana has been authorized in Montana since 2004.
Montana voters authorized the leisure use of marijuana in November 2020. Lawmakers have spent the previous a number of months attempting to iron out what the authorized rising and promoting of cannabis will appear to be by January 2022. White Clay, who took workplace a month later, mentioned the Crow Tribe is common accepting of legalization of marijuana.
“We’ve had medical marijuana for quite some time, and the Crow Tribe is not isolated … The reservation itself is more accepting (of it) and we’re just moving with the times,” he mentioned.
Whether the sale of marijuana turns into authorized with the Apsáalooke Nation or not, White Clay mentioned, it will likely be occurring on non-tribal lands surrounding the Crow Reservation quickly.
The Crow Nation Legislative Branch authorized the Crow Cannabis Ordinance on April 16. All gross sales of marijuana and cannabis-infused merchandise shall be offered by the Crow Tribal authorities, in keeping with the laws, with each sale taxed at 7%.
The rising and processing of pot on the reservation will equally fall beneath the oversight and management of the tribal authorities. White Clay mentioned plans for the tribe to launch its personal dispensaries are nonetheless of their infancy, and the ordinance itself is topic to vary.