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Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act introduced in House


A new bill introduced in the House of Representatives would make it illegal for federal agencies to take into account the marijuana policy of a federally-recognized tribe when disbursing federal monies. The Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act (TribalMarijuanaSovereigntyAct), introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), takes aim at current federal policies as well as the proposed Keeping out Illegal Drugs Act of 2015 which would “prevent Indian tribes and tribal organizations that cultivate, manufacture, or distribute marijuana on Indian land from receiving federal funds”.

Rep. Pocan said in a statement on Wednesday, April 20, “I strongly believe states should be allowed to enact their own marijuana laws, and have consistently supported attempts to ensure federal laws do not interfere with them. I’m also an ardent supporter of tribal sovereignty, which is why I introduced this bill forbidding the federal government from considering marijuana production, possession, or sale as an adverse factor when disbursing federal funds.”


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