The past few years have seen a surge in popularity for cannabis, with more than 30 U.S. states legalizing either medical or recreational marijuana. The shift in attitudes toward cannabis hasn’t been confined to just states. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is preparing to explore what medical cannabis legalization would look like on the Qualla Boundary.
As part of a broader legalization effort, the Tribal Council will this month discuss a plan to legalize medical marijuana. Jeremy Wilson, who formerly served on the Tribal Council in addition to working as a government affairs liaison under the main chief, says the world is changing and society is changing with it. Last December, the Tribal Council overwhelmingly supported a resolution instructing a committee to formulate legislation to allow the use of medical cannabis within the Qualla Boundary in the “most responsible, practical, as well as lawful way available.’
That was the first step in the direction of implementing large-scale cannabis reforms on tribal land, says Wilson. Although they want medical cannabis dispensaries up and running as soon as possible, this first phase is crucial. While North Carolina has outlawed marijuana, the state allows industrial hemp and hemp derivatives, such as CBD, and farmers on the Boundary are taking part in the pilot project.
Wilson says that although the Boundary has sovereignty on its side, it is regulating the legalization efforts to keep the market from descending into a “wild-west free-for-all.” The Tribal Council’s first attempt at legalizing marijuana a few years ago did not succeed. According to Wilson, in the three years he has been focused on legalization, the campaign has gained plenty of public support.
People are beginning to look at cannabis differently and can see just what it can do, both medically and economically. Developing a sustainable marijuana industry in North Carolina may also buffer the tribe, which largely relies on the casino, against any losses. With the planned casino called Catawba Nation in development on the outskirts of Charlotte (Kings Mountain), Qualla Boundary may be looking at increased competition and reduced revenue. A thriving cannabis industry could help offset such losses.
On top of beefing up the economy, a cannabis industry will be of great help to patients. Although research is still ongoing, it appears that cannabis can be effective against a variety of conditions such as chronic pain and addiction to opioids. Ultimately, the tribe’s goal is to craft a regulatory framework that allows it to provide medical cannabis to those who need it along with earning reasonable revenue.
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