North Carolina: Medical cannabis now legal on Cherokee lands as state considers reform
Medical cannabis is now legal in part of western North Carolina, but only on Cherokee lands, according to a statement from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
On August 5, a local ordinance was approved by the Cherokee Indian Band Tribal Council, legalizing medical cannabis in the Qualla border. The new law will allow eligible patients to purchase up to one ounce per day, with a maximum purchase limit of six ounces per month.
Eligible patients who do not live within the Qualla boundary are still eligible to receive a referral and potentially purchase medical marijuana at an upcoming medical cannabis dispensary to be located on the tribal lands.
“The Board’s approval of a medical marijuana prescription is a testament to changing attitudes towards legal marijuana and the recognition of the growing body of evidence that supports cannabis as a medicine, especially for people with debilitating illnesses like cancer and chronic pain, ”Senior Chief Richard Sneed said in a statement.
The Cherokee move comes as broader legislation to legalize medical cannabis statewide is being considered by lawmakers in North Carolina. Senate Bill 711, the state’s first bipartisan medical cannabis regulatory bill, has so far been approved by the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees. The bill will still need to be approved by two additional Senate committees before it is eligible for a tiered vote.
The bill is still expected to pass through the Senate and House before the end-of-session deadline of August 20, 2021. The proposal would allow eligible patients, upon referral from a physician, to access a 30-day supply of the drug. medical cannabis at one time through authorized retail outlets.
If you live in North Carolina, send a message to your lawmakers in favor of access to medical cannabis now.