Tag: North Carolina

North Carolina tribe begins state’s first medical cannabis sales on 4/20

April 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Hundreds of customers flocked to the Great Smoky Cannabis Co. on 4/20 to celebrate the launch of medical cannabis sales on tribal lands near Asheville, North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) began MMJ sales Saturday at a 10,000-square-foot dispensary, Great Smoky Cannabis Co., on the Qualla Boundary, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. Marijuana sales are not legal in North Carolina yet, but Native American tribes such as the ECBI are permitted to establish marijuana programs on tribal lands outside the scope and… Read more.

North Dakota recreational cannabis legalization campaign launches

April 17, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

North Dakota voters could see a “consumer-friendly, yet highly regulated” recreational cannabis legalization proposal on their November ballots. Only limited business opportunities would be available if the ballot initiative campaign that submitted initial paperwork to the secretary of state on Tuesday is successful, according to the North Dakota Monitor. If the petition is approved for circulation, organizers would need to collect 16,000 valid signatures by July 8 to qualify for the ballot. State voters rejected adult-use legalization in 2022 by a margin… Read more.

District attorney vows to enforce law ahead of NC tribal dispensary opening

April 10, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

A potential showdown between law enforcement and a Native American tribe is brewing in North Carolina, where a district attorney has vowed “to enforce state law” once the state’s first cannabis dispensary opens later this month. The grand opening of the Great Smoky Cannabis Co., operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) on their 57,000-acre Qualla Boundary west of Asheville, is scheduled for April 20. It will be the first and only dispensary in North Carolina, where neither… Read more.

Native tribe to open first cannabis shop in North Carolina

March 4, 2024 · Green Market Report

North Carolina – one of the few remaining states in the U.S. that has yet to legalize medical or recreational marijuana – is about to get an operational weed store anyway, courtesy of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Native American tribe plans to launch recreational cannabis sales on its reservation, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, on the cannabis holiday of April 20, The Charlotte Observer reported. “Across the country, it’s the… Read more.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Approves First Medical Cannabis Cards

October 18, 2023 · High Times

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is continuing its path toward cannabis accessibility, and as of last week the tribe officially issued its first medical cannabis cards. According to EBCI Cannabis Control Board (CCB) executive director, Neil Denman, a Cherokee Police Commission monthly meeting was held on Oct. 12. In a presentation featuring Denman and his colleague, Kym Parker, they stated that the first medical cannabis card was issued on that day, and many more will follow in the… Read more.

North Carolia House Passes Consumable Hemp and Kratom Regulation Bill

September 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

House lawmakers in North Carolina last week unanimously passed a bill to regulate hemp-derived consumables and kratom. The measure would require businesses to get licenses to sell the products, includes testing provisions, and prohibits sales to anyone under 18 years old. Eric Stahl, of The Burnt Pot Cannabis Café and Modern Apothecia, told WNCN that the law “is a perfect example” of the Legislature “trying to work on behalf of small business to create a platform” that allows current hemp industry operators to continue… Read more.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Legalizes Cannabis

September 10, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) on Thursday voted to legalize cannabis, WSOC-TV reports. The vote was 2,464-1,057, according to the unofficial poll results.   EBCI is the only territory in North Carolina where cannabis is legal. In July, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R) said that the medical cannabis legalization bill being considered by lawmakers was likely dead for the session and the proposal has not gotten any additional movement in the legislature.  Workers near Cherokee told WSOC-TV that they have been… Read more.

Congressman’s Interference In Cherokee Tribe’s Marijuana Legalization Vote Could Help Referendum Pass, Chief Says

September 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The head of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), which is set to vote on a referendum to legalize cannabis for adults on Thursday, says he believes efforts by an anti-marijuana North Carolina GOP congressman to insert himself into the tribe’s internal affairs could ultimately cause more members to support of the measure. In an interview this week with Marijuana Moment, EBCI Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed said it was a “big misstep” for U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-NC) to run… Read more.

GOP Congressman Threatens Indian Tribe With Loss Of Federal Funding Over Marijuana Legalization

August 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Republican congressman from North Carolina is urging members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to reject a referendum next month that would legalize marijuana on tribal land, warning that the move would mean a loss of federal funding under a bill he plans to introduce. In an op-ed published last week in The Cherokee One Feather, Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-NC) acknowledged that Congress cannot stop the EBCI referendum, set for September 7, from going forward. But he appealed… Read more.

Top North Carolina GOP Lawmaker Says He’s ‘Very Sure’ Medical Marijuana Bill Won’t Advance This Session

July 12, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A top North Carolina lawmaker says that he’s “very sure” that a Senate-passed medical marijuana legalization bill will not advance in the House this session—even amid strong-arm tactics launched by the other chamber to force the issue—though he said legislators would likely return to it during next year’s short session. House Majority Leader John Bell (R) said in an interview with Spectrum News on Monday that there’s “still discussions going on” about the cannabis measure, but Republican lawmakers “unfortunately did… Read more.

Where Presidential Candidate Doug Burgum Stands On Marijuana

July 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) is running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, formally announcing his candidacy on June 7, 2023. The governor has approved several marijuana policy reforms at the state level, though he’s stopped short of embracing adult-use legalization and opposed ballot initiatives to enact such a system in his state. Among the bills that Burgum has signed during his tenure are ones to decriminalize simple possession, increase allowable THC limits for medical cannabis and allow people… Read more.

North Carolina Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Regulatory Appointment As House Leader Says ‘Heavy-Handed’ Tactics Not Helping Legalization’s Fate

July 4, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Republican North Carolina senator is making it clear that he intends to see his medical marijuana legalization bill pass this session despite some obstinance among GOP leadership in the House—and he’s even gone so far as to include medical cannabis regulatory appointments for the yet-to-be-enacted program in a new measure that passed the Senate last week. But Sen. Bill Rabon’s (R) recent acts of defiance—including attaching an amendment to an unrelated House bill that makes its effective date contingent on his… Read more.

North Carolina House Speaker Says Senate-Approved Medical Marijuana Bill Has ‘Better Chance Of Passing’ Than Ever Before

April 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The top North Carolina House lawmaker says that medical marijuana legalization has “a better chance of passing this year than in any time in the past,” and he expects a Senate-passed reform bill to be taken up by his chamber’s Republican caucus within the next month. While the GOP-controlled House has previously blocked medical cannabis legislation from advancing, House Speaker Tim Moore (R) said that its prospects have improved, with a floor vote possible depending on where Republican members ultimately… Read more.

North Carolina Lawmakers File Bill To Create $5 Million Psychedelic Research Grant Fund

April 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A Republican North Carolina lawmaker and a bipartisan group of cosponsors have filed a bill to create a $5 million grant program to support research into the therapeutic potential of psilocybin and MDMA and to create a Breakthrough Therapies Research Advisory Board to oversee the effort. The legislation from Rep. Edward Goodwin (R) wouldn’t legalize the psychedelics, but it would provide funding for two competitive grants through the state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for eligible research initiatives focused on… Read more.

North Carolina Legalization Bill Includes Expungement, Home Grow

March 30, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A bill proposed in North Carolina would legalize cannabis for adult use and expunge prior cannabis-related convictions, WSOC-TV reports. The measure includes a 20% excise tax on cannabis sales and allows municipalities to enact an additional 3% tax.  Funds derived from cannabis sales would be split into new and existing programs, including: 25% to a Community Reinvestment and Repair Fund created by the bill; 10% to a Social Equity Fund created by the bill; 3% to a Cannabis Education and Technical Assistance Fund created… Read more.

Which States Could Expand Cannabis Legalization in 2023?

March 15, 2023 · MG Magazine

Oklahoma voters rejected a ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adult use during a special election this month by a margin of 62 percent, surprising many advocates who saw the popularity of the state’s medical market as a promising sign for adult-use expansion. Ultimately, the state’s medical program proved to be good enough for a majority of voters outside Oklahoma City and Tulsa. But the push to expand domestic cannabis legalization in 2023 is far from over. “For 2024, we’ve calculated Virginia,… Read more.

Medical Marijuana Approved in the Tar Heel State? – North Carolina Advances Medical Marijuana Law

March 7, 2023 ·

This past week saw the first procedural vote in favor of a bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina, which means it is now one step away from being sent to the House. This comes after a top lawmaker in that chamber stated that his chamber is well-positioned to pass the reform this session despite opposing a similar bill last year. A week or so after easily passing through three committees, the proposal from Sen. Bill Rabon (R) was approved on… Read more.

North Carolina Senate Passes Medical Cannabis Bill

March 2, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The North Carolina Senate on Tuesday passed a medical cannabis legalization bill, WRAL reports. It marks the second year in a row the chamber has approved a medical cannabis bill; however, the measure died in the House in 2022. The bill received bipartisan support, passing by a 36-10 margin. The legislation is largely the same as the measure that passed the Senate by a 36-7 vote last year. Republican state Sen. Bill Rabon, the bill’s lead sponsor, told WRAL that he believes… Read more.