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FAQ's regarding IGRA and Cannabis
As states have legalized or decriminalized the cultivation, sale, and use of cannabis to varying degrees in recent years, the National Indian Gaming Commission has begun to receive questions from gaming Tribes as to how certain cannabis related issues may be implicated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The NIGC published this Bulletin in an effort to provide some guidance to Tribes.
The frequently asked questions below are not specific to any single tribe, but are intended to address various questions the Commission has received. This guidance may be updated from time-to-time as needed. If you have additional questions, please contact the NIGC at [email protected]
Q. Is Cannabis legal everywhere?
A. No. Cannabis remains illegal under federal law. And although many states have passed laws legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis, not every state has done so, and the laws that have been adopted by the various states are not uniform.
Q. Does Cannabis use disqualify an applicant from obtaining a gaming license and are we required to test for it?
A. Ultimately, each Tribe must determine whether and to what extent cannabis use will impact an employee or potential employee’s eligibility for a gaming license. IGRA and NIGC regulations require tribes to determine whether an applicant is eligible for a gaming license based on a review of the applicant’s prior activities, criminal record, reputation, habits, and associations. The tribal official making the determination should evaluate any information discovered during the review with an eye toward any threat the applicant may pose to the public interest or to the effective regulation of gaming, or whether the applicant raises the risk of unsuitable, unfair, or illegal practices and methods and activities in the conduct of gaming. (25 C.F.R. § 556.5). The specifics of that process depend on tribal regulations and policies.
Q. My tribe has been approached by vendors wanting to sell cannabis products out of the casino building. Is this permissible?
A. No. Despite recent changes in state laws, federal law
continues to classify cannabis as a controlled substance. It is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or dispense cannabis under federal law and NIGC is obligated to refer knowledge of any such activity to the appropriate federal law enforcement agencies.
Q. My tribe is considering entering the market with our own grow operation or processing facility. We will not sell from the casino or use the casino property in any way for the cannabis business. Can we fund the operation with gaming revenue?
A. The NIGC recommends that tribes not use net gaming revenue as defined by IGRA and NIGC regulations1 to fund any aspect of their cannabis related businesses. IGRA restricts the use of net gaming revenues to five categories, and may not be used to fund an illegal enterprise. The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis is illegal under federal law and, therefore, net gaming revenue should not be used to finance such an operation.
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We’re going back through the 2020 class of Native American 40 Under 40 to give you an in-depth look at this impressive group of inductees!
Mary Parker is a member of the Cherokee Nation and works as an Instructional Systems Specialist at the National Indian Gaming Commission. In this role, Mary has guided the NIGC team in development of learning systems, their deployment, tracking results and providing realistic recommendations for improvement.
Before her time at NIGC, Mary was the first Compliance Trainer for Cherokee Nation Entertainment. Outside of work, Mary has found ways to volunteer and give back to her community. This includes volunteering for first Native American Youth Summit in 2019 and the Owasso Indian Education Program.
Learn more about the 2020 class of Native American 40 Under 40: http://ow.ly/D54d50EHn4x
Join Professor Tadd M. Johnson on April 21st at Debating Democracy. This facilitated panel discussion will address how Americans agree that democracy is the essence of the American experience; they just can’t agree on what democracy is.
Professor Johnson is the University of Minnesota Twin Cities's first Senior Director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. In this role, he serves as the liaison between the entire University of Minnesota system and the regional Tribal Nations. An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Professor Johnson served as a tribal attorney for more than 30 years, but has also served as a tribal court judge, a tribal administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian Law.
He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Professor Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. Professor Johnson earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.
He has served as a faculty member of the National Judicial College and has served on the Board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He is currently on the Board of the Native Governance Center; serves as Director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute; and is on the Board of Trustees of The Udall Foundation
The Socially Desi Show is interviewing the Sensational Carolina Ravassa (The Voice of Raze) on their Podcast, and our gaming community has a golden chance to be a part of it.
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The National Indian Gaming Commission is pleased to announce its next Guidance Outreach call. Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matthew Morgan and Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Regulators Association Chairperson Kelly Myers are the invited guests on June 18, 2020.
The National Indian Gaming Commission is pleased to announce a series of Guidance Outreach calls. The first call on June 10, 2020, features Ernie Stevens, chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association!
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How many of us would love to see our Tribal Casinos reopen as Smoke Free Casinos? Since secondhand smoke is a serious health concern (heart disease, strokes, and lung cancer) our tribal leaders should focus on making our public places and work places a healthier and safer environment! 👍🏽🚬🚭
Please watch the video below on Financial Benefits of Reopening Tribal Casinos Smoke-free. Videos are by American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Please share with tribal decision makers or others who may be interested in advocating for smoke-free tribal casinos. Thank you.
Last year we talked with National Indian Gaming Commission, National Center for Victims of Crime, and Tribal Gaming Protection Network about human trafficking in Native communities, watch the conversation.