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Legalization of Cannabis for Native American Tribes In Florida

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In America, the legalization of cannabis has not only been up for debate by political parties but it has caused much spark in its constant change as several states have actually begun to permit the drug despite the nation adhering to maintaining its strict federal prohibition.  Although this past year the Florida marijuana law has not quite yet surpassed the needed amount of votes required in order to amend the bill and permit the drug for medical use in the state, it is now being revealed that marijuana is allowed for Native American tribes in certain reservation areas since they are technically considered sovereign nations.

Rights of Sovereign Nations: Legalization of Cannabis

Florida has two main Native American tribes, which are recognized as the Miccosukee tribe and the Seminole tribe.  The Miccosukee tribe has three locations in southern Florida that has been known as their reservation land while the Seminole tribe has six spots, accumulating well over 90,000 acres of ground.  Since these Native American tribes are seen as sovereign nations and are therefore separate from Florida state, allowing the legalization of cannabis on their land. The legalization of cannabis will allow them to use and sell the drug.  Federal law agrees to overlook any behavior that Native American tribes may have involved in marijuana on their reserves since they are seen as their own individual separate nations.  With this being said, it is only not tightly mandated and penalized by federal law as long as the state of Florida is careful about maintaining tight regulation themselves.  This would include making sure that marijuana does not get spread outside these reservation barriers, especially outside restricted state lines, keeping it away from all children, and avoiding any contact with potential criminal drug cartels.  Some public figures are already arguing that this could lead to the Native American tribes getting involved in a profitable marijuana business trading market while other aren’t too concerned since it appears a majority of the tribes people aren’t keen on the legislation of cannabis to begin with.  One certainty has remained clear in regards to marijuana regulation, which is that only time will tell for sure.

When the legalization of cannabis is concerned, each state must adhere to their specific regulations.  As far as for Native American tribes, there are loopholes since they are to be viewed as the sovereign nations that they are.  The United States should only hope this doesn’t backfire in spurring controversy for being a simpler way to ease accessibility of an otherwise prohibited substance by agreeing to allow the drug on the location because the land is rightfully the Native American tribes.




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