By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
One Feather Staff
After six years of wrangling with the issue, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is entering the world of medical cannabis (marijuana). Tribal Council passed an ordinance during the regular session on Thursday, Aug. 5 that establishes law in the Cherokee Code for the regulation of the industry on EBCI tribal lands.
Ord. No. 539, submitted by Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed; Jeremy Wilson, EBCI governmental affairs liaison; and Joey Owle, EBCI secretary of agriculture and natural resources; states in part, “…it is in the best interests of the Tribe to continue advancing the policy of allowing responsible access to small amounts of marijuana to be used safely for medicinal and health purposes.”