A lawmaker from the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to cement the tribe’s position against legalizing marijuana. Navajo Nation Council delegate Edmund Yazzi says that legalizing marijuana – recreational or meds – goes against traditional Navajo values and tradition.
Introduced last week, the bill came as a response the announcement made last year by the US Department of Justice allowing American Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana as long as they met certain guidelines.
The lawmakers of Navajo can take action on the bill after a public comment period. Yazzie says that legalizing marijuana would do more harm than good, driving crime and drug addiction rates up on the vast reservation stretching from New Mexico to Utah and Arizona.
Other tribes across the nation are still debating whether or not to approve marijuana sales.