The tribal government of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, well-known in North Carolina for having the first lawful casino in the state, this month voted to begin making and selling medical marijuana on Cherokee tribal territory, known as the Qualla Boundary.
This is about 50 miles west of Asheville in the western North Carolina mountains. It includes the town of Cherokee and the Cherokee land in Swain, Jackson and Haywood counties.
A Cherokee tribal official spoke with the USA TODAY Network about the program and how it will operate. Here are eight things to know about it:
1. Will visitors will be allowed to buy it?
Yes. People who aren’t Cherokee will be allowed to visit the tribe and buy medical marijuana from the Cherokee dispensary, said Jeremy Wilson, the governmental affairs liaison for Principal Chief Richard B. Sneed.