In the “tricky and unique” history of Native Americans’ relationship with marijuana there’s a history of elder prohibitions across the continent. But there’s also the divergent history of First Nations usage. All of the unwieldy history traces to oppression at the government’s hands.
- While most of the 573-some tribes of Indian Country officially oppose cannabis use, Native Americans are fighting for their cannabis rights in Ottawa and struggling through unprecedented conditions in Nevada.
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- “Each tribe has their law and order code and it’s unique to their community, their tribe,” says Lauren Thom, enforcement director for Nevada’s Inter-Tribal Marijuana Commission. At the start of quarantine, tribes within Nevada declared a state of emergency, and the state’s dispensaries closed. Now tribal weed business has recovered a semblance of normalcy and enforcement agencies are keeping tabs on their social distancing and other dispensary measures.