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North Carolina Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Marijuana is 100% Illegal in North Carolina

Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in North Carolina. Possession was decriminalized in 1977. Cannabis for medical use is illegal except for CBD oil in the treatment of intractable epilepsy.

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North Carolina's Federally-Recognized Tribes

There is one federally-recognized tribe in North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The DOJ marijuana policy on tribal reservations applies to this North Carolina tribe, which is federally recognized as sovereign by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Interior Department.

For a complete list of North Carolina tribes and their locations, see our page about North Carolina Tribes.

Cannabis Opportunities for North Carolina Tribes

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recognize the challenges and business opportunities of the cannabis industry, but have not announced their interests or any business plans.

News Articles

Eastern Cherokee to conduct cannabis feasibility study

October 29, 2018

A study to be conducted was recently approved by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that will determine the impacts of cannabis legalization. The feasibility study was approved during the Annual Council meeting that was held on October 25.

The study will be used to in effort to gather information about cannabis and the different uses.

This is the second time that a study of this type has been approved by the tribal leaders. The first time was in 2015. The Resolution from the study was vetoed by former Principal Chief Patrick Lambert. Stating that he was opposed to any type of use of drugs recreationally.

On Thursday references to recreational use were removed to the current legislation. The study will be used for education purposes and cover both hemp and cannabis uses. From this the tribe will be able to decide on the future of cannabis legalization on their land.