North Carolina’s First Weed Shop Opens 4/20, Despite Pending Bill

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Garry Stewart
Written By Steve Brandon

April 6, 2024

North Carolina’s First Weed Shop

North Carolina is preparing for a great moment for its first marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open on April 20. This marks the first opportunity for locals to legally purchase marijuana, despite the state’s ongoing prohibition on its recreational use.

Operated by the Great Smoky Cannabis Company, the dispensary will be located at 91 Bingo Loop Road in Cherokee,on a spacious 10,000 square-foot building. The company has announced that individuals holding a medical marijuana card from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be eligible to make purchases. Additionally, those with out-of-state medical marijuana cards or other tribal medical cannabis cards will also have access to the products.

First Weed Shop Opens in North Carolina

Legislative and Community Responses

However, the effort to establish the dispensary has faced criticism from regional and statewide Republican lawmakers. Congressman Chuck Edwards recently introduced the “Stop Pot Act,” opposing both medical and recreational marijuana sales nationwide. This act includes a provision to remove federal funding for states and tribes that have passed legalization laws.

North Carolina’s Senators Thom Tillis and Ted Budd have also raised questions about the legality of marijuana on tribal lands, emphasizing the ongoing debate surrounding marijuana legislation.

In contrast, Democratic State Representative Caleb Rudow, who is also running for congress, and EBCI Chief Michell Hicks, have defended the dispensary citing the health benefits of marijuana and the principle of tribal sovereignty. They argue that the dispensary aligns with the tribe’s rights and could benefit the community.

Recreational Marijuana

Although a September vote showed widespread support for recreational marijuana sales, the Tribal Council has not yet passed a resolution to amend current laws to allow for this. The Cherokee One Feather reported the council’s joint statement on March 28, expressing their intent to continue pursuing the passage of recreational marijuana use.

The council acknowledged the significance of the vote, with 70 percent in favor, stating, “This is a process that cannot be rushed; there are numerous factors to consider so that we are able to make the best decisions as these are decisions that can have significant long-term impacts on our tribe.”

How Can You Get a Medical Cannabis Card?

For those who want to get a medical cannabis card, here’s what you need to know:

  • You have to be 21 or older and live in North Carolina.
  • The first card costs $100, and renewing it every year costs another $100. You can pay with cash, check, or money order.
  • The rules for using marijuana only apply on Tribal lands; it’s still illegal in North Carolina and across the country.
  • You need to send a recent photo with a white background.
  • Most importantly, you will need a doctor’s recommendation for one of the qualifying conditions.

You have to qualify for any of these medical conditions:-

  • Acquired immune deficiency syndromes
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • An autoimmune disease
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Cancer
  • Dependence upon or addiction to opioids
  • Glaucoma
  • A medical condition related to the human immunodeficiency virus
  • A neuropathic condition, whether or not such condition causes seizures
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • A condition resulting in the patient receiving hospice care
  • A medical condition or treatment that produces, for a specific patient, cachexia; muscle spasms, including, without limitation, spasms caused by multiple sclerosis; seizures, including, without limitation seizures caused by epilepsy; nausea; or severe or chronic pain

Take Away

With the opening of North Carolina’s first marijuana dispensary just around the corner, the area is getting ready for changes in how it deals with marijuana, both medically and for fun. The discussions show how complex this issue is.

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