On August 26, 2006, Yurok Tribal Council adopted Resolution 06-65, the Zero Tolerance Policy and 215 ID Card Non-Recognition, clarifying it's intent to protect its sovereignty and the health and welfare of the Tribal membership.
In 2015, California Governor Brown signed legislation that established California's first regulatory framework for the medical cannabis industry, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.
On November 8 2016, California voters passed proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization, legalizing recreational marijuana for persons aged 21 years or older under state law and establishing certain sales and cultivation taxes.
The majority of the Yurok Reservation and Yurok Ancestral Territory is located in Humboldt County, which has adopted a series of ordinances governing the indoor and outdoor use, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis in Humboldt County.
The Yurok Tribal Council has observed several California law and policy trends processing cannabis grow applications that have the potential to undermine Yurok law within the Yurok Reservation and Yurok Ancestral Territory. The primary concerns of the Yurok Tribal Council relate to negative impacts to Yurok sovereignty and the health, safety, and welfare of the Tribal membership and Tribal lands resources.
The Klamath River, it's tributaries, and creeks, and the resources which it supports are irreplacable to the Yurok Tribal members' culture, religiion, and economy. The health of the Klamath River is of the utmost importance to the Yurok Tribe.
The Yurok Tribe shall, to the maximum extent practicable determined by the Tribe, engage on a government-to-government basis with agencies that have concurrent jurisdiction over properties or waters within the exterior boundaries of the Yurok Ancestral Territory.
The Yurok Cannabis Task Force has been established to review and make determinations in regards to the actions of Humboldt County to ensure these actions are in accordance with Yurok Ordinances. Yurok staff will verify project documentaiton with California State Water Resources Control Board water rights and diversion claims, California State Water Quality Control Board water discharge recommendations, California Fish and Wildlife instream alternation permits, and various community issues and concerns on the Yurok Reservation.
The Yuork Cannabis Task Force is comprised of Cultural staff, Planning Department Staff, Environmental Program Staff, Tribal Attorney staff, and TERO staff, and the Office of Self Governance, as well as others as needed.
The Yurok Cannabis Task Force is currently reviewing Humboldt County applications and strongly encourages applicants within the boundaries of the Yurok Reservation, to apply directly to the Yurok Tribe to initiate review of the Retirement, Remediation, and Relocation (RRR) under the Commerical Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance with Humboldt County. The process will require direct collaboration with the Yurok Tribe's process for Remediation. The application for the Yurok Tribe to make a determination in regards to the Humboldt County RRR permit, is linked. There will be no approvals for the RRR permit without the Yurok Tribe's engagement in this process.
Yurok RRR Site Remediation Application
If you have an questions or concerns, please emai the Cannabis Task Force at: CannabisTaskForce@yuroktribe.nsn.us.