Native Americans Are Operating New York State’s First Legal Cannabis Dispensaries

Thanks to tribal government regulations, Native Americans have been the first to enter the market.

New Yorkers craving some (legal) cannabis flower or THC gummies won’t need to exit New York State to find them. In fact, Native Americans are already operating some of the state’s first legal cannabis retail stores on tribal lands.

Following regulations enforced by their tribal governments, Native American entrepreneurs have successfully opened cannabis dispensaries upstate, NBC New York reports. As long as the dispensaries are located on federally recognized, sovereign tribal land, they are considered legal according to New York officials and do not have to be licensed by the state. Cannabis remains illegal under federal law, although 18 states and Washington DC have now legalized recreational sales.

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