Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians on Wednesday after a spirited debate on marijuana and sovereignty.
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish the ones that choose to do so. He proposed an amendment to S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, to cut off federal funds to tribes that grow the plant.
"These tribes have sovereignty and I completely honor that sovereignty ... but existing federal law already prohibits cultivation and distribution of marijuana," Lankford said at a business meeting on Capitol Hill.