Cherokee native people just made history, as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has legalized cannabis. 

For the first time in North Carolina history, medical marijuana is legal. It’s legal in Cherokee land, to be exact. Cultivating, selling and consuming medical marijuana has been approved by The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 

The Tribal Council, unlike lawmakers in North Carolina, recognizes the medicinal benefits. Principal Chief Richard Sneed, who was first elected as vice chairman of the The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in 2015, cites medical marijuana as vital for treating cancer and chronic pain. 

“The Council’s approval of a medical marijuana ordinance is a testament to the changing attitudes toward legal marijuana and a recognition of the growing body of evidence that supports cannabis as medicine, particularly for those with debilitating conditions like cancer and chronic pain,” Principal Chief Richard Sneed said

The sovereign nation is located in Western North Carolina. It’s known as Qualla Boundary, where the tribe has its own elections, body of government and laws. “I applaud the Council for their thoughtful consideration, exhaustive research and consultation with experts to develop a system that balances compassionate care for patients with preserving safety and security in our community,” Sneed added.

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