Medical marijuana now legal on Cherokee lands in western North Carolina

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has approved the cultivation, sale and use of medical marijuana on their lands in western North Carolina, tribal leaders said Thursday.

The tribal council’s approval of the medical marijuana ordinance makes the territory the first place in the state where medical cannabis is legal, reported The Charlotte Observer. The Cherokees maintain a sovereign nation in western North Carolina known as Qualla Boundary.

The approval reflects “changing attitudes towards legal marijuana and the recognition of the growing body of evidence that supports cannabis as a medicine,” Senior Chief Richard Sneed said in a statement. The timing of the tribe’s medical cannabis program was not immediately clear.

The medical use of cannabis is legal in 36 states and four U.S. territories, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Eighteen states, two territories and the District of Columbia allow small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use.

A Cannabis Control Board will monitor licenses for growing, processing and selling marijuana and issue cards allowing people to buy marijuana at the dispensary, according to a press release. People will be limited to buying one ounce of marijuana per day, not to exceed six ounces per month.

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