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Measure reaffirms Navajo Nation policy against legal marijuana





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A view of the Navajo Nation Council chambers in Window Rock, Arizona. Photo from Facebook

A bill introduced in the Navajo Nation Council reaffirms the tribe's stance against marijuana.

Marijuana is illegal under tribal law and the tribe has opposed efforts to legalize it in Arizona. Legislation 0083-15 says the drug doesn't fit within Navajo culture.

"Legalization of marijuana fails to align with the Navajo Nation's values and traditions," the bill states.

Delegate Edmund Yazzie introduced the measure. He believes legal marijuana will lead to an increase in crime and drug addiction, the Associated Press reported.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. But a new Department of Justice policy could open the door to tribes that want to legalize the drug.

Get the Story:
Navajo lawmakers could reinforce stance against legalizing marijuana (The Farmington Daily Times 3/5)
Navajo lawmaker firm on stance against legalizing marijuana (AP 3/4)

Relevant Documents:
Department of Justice Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

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