It's the law: No medical marijuana on tribal lands
While medical marijuana is now legal in Oklahoma, the same rules do not apply on tribal land in the state.
A Cherokee Nation official says medical marijuana won't be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe's property even though the state's voters approved the medicinal use of cannabis.
The Chickasaw Nation told KTEN:
Rules granting medical marijuana licenses or rights in Oklahoma exclude tribal lands and federal lands. The Chickasaw Nation will continue to abide by Federal law, which still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 controlled substance.
Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton said that while the tribe may choose to implement certain provisions of state law, it will continue to abide by existing regulations concerning the use of marijuana:
We have a wide-ranging government-to-government relationship with the United States, and many contracts and agreements require maintenance of a drug-free workplace. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, and all employees of the Choctaw Nation still must maintain their responsibilities under federal law. These federal responsibilities extend to all medical professionals employed at any healthcare facility operated by the Choctaw Nation. No healthcare professionals at a facility operated by the Choctaw Nation will prescribe marijuana or sign a medical use marijuana license.
The distinction is laid out in the original State Question 788, which was written to say the medical marijuana law excludes any tribal trust or tribal-restricted land or federal lands in the state.
What this means for Oklahoma is that medical marijuana will not be available at any hospitals, casinos or hotels within tribal jurisdiction, and tribal police departments will also enforce the law accordingly.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma state lawmakers met with out-of-state experts to discuss regulations and standards for cannabis products.