Navajo Police Warn Against Illegal Marijuana, Hemp Farms

Jun 4, 2020

Authorities on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are warning people against illegally growing marijuana and hemp.

Hemp production in the U.S. was legalized in the 2018 federal Farm Bill.

Navajo Nation police issued the warning Wednesday after confirming that officers were investigating complaints about marijuana or hemp being grown near the northwestern New Mexico community of Shiprock. Police Chief Phillip Francisco says his department has turned over its findings to tribal prosecutors for further review. Police say the fields found near Shiprock were connected to a business called “Navajo Gold,” but they could not find a valid license for the operation. Navajo lawmakers haven't passed any legislation that would allow for growing hemp or marijuana for industrial production or distribution.