Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Council approves measure creating medical marijuana system on the Qualla Boundary

Press release from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Richard Sneed, the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, released the following statement regarding the EBCI Tribal Council’s approval of an ordinance that creates a legal framework for the cultivation, sales and usage of medical marijuana on the Qualla Boundary:

“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.

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.

Passing this ordinance is just the first step, but we are excited to begin building this program. I know that I reflect the sentiments of many patients in expressing my pride and gratitude for the leadership demonstrated by our Council on this issue.”


How will it work?

  • The Tribe, through its EBCI Cannabis Control Board, will license all cultivation, processing, dispensary and laboratory locations.
  • The Board will be comprised of five individuals with expertise in specific areas, including healthcare, law enforcement, the cannabis industry, business and management.
  • The Board will promulgate regulations, license workers within the industry and issue cards that make patients eligible to purchase at the dispensary.

Who will be eligible?

  • Medically-qualified patients over 21 years old (both enrolled and non-enrolled individuals) will be able to apply and receive a medical marijuana card from the EBCI Cannabis Control Board.

Where will patients purchase cannabis?

  • A licensed dispensary will be developed in Cherokee.

What quantities will patients be allowed to purchase?

  • Limit of one ounce of medical cannabis per day, not to exceed six ounces per month.
  • Limit of 2,500 mg of THC in medical cannabis products per day, not to exceed 10,000 mg of THC per month.
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