NAFOA held educational events in 2015 on the legal, economic, and political risks and opportunities of tribal participation in the marijuana industry. The webinars and in-person panels coincided with the release of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Memorandum on Marijuana in Indian Country. Although the DOJ Memorandum regarding marijuana in Indian Country sparked serious conversation on the potential economic and political impacts that marijuana could have for tribes, political, legal, and banking uncertainty continues to impede progress. Meanwhile, recreational sales of marijuana in states like Colorado are reporting approximately $57 million in revenue.
NAFOA will continue to gather tribal input regarding its role in the Marijuana issues and provide clarity on a strategy forward or a strategy deferred.