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Opinion: Native American cannabis businesses spread across United States

Matthew Klas

Native American tribes throughout the United States are investing in cannabis.

Tribal-owned stores are becoming more common, often as part of vertically integrated businesses, including cultivation, manufacturing and retail.

This story provides a high-level survey of tribal cannabis stores: where they are, what they look like and what the future might hold.

The U.S. government recognizes 574 Native American tribes, approximately 350 of which are located in the contiguous 48 states.

In addition, there are dozens of tribes that are recognized by the state within which their reservation is located but are not currently recognized by the federal government.


Tribal laws might differ

As sovereign nations, tribes often enforce marijuana laws that differ from the state laws applicable off-reservation.

Tribal laws can be more restrictive, banning cannabis use even in states where recreational marijuana has been legalized.

But they can also be more permissive

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