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North Carolina Tribes in the Cannabis Industry

Cannabis is 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.

News Updates

News Congress May Block DOJ Prosecution of Medical Marijuana in 2-Year Budget
2018.02.10 - A budget deal may block the DOJ from money needed to enforce anti-cannabis laws in states that has voter approval for medical marijuana ... Read more
News U.S. Justice Dept Rescinds All Obama Marijuana Policies 01.04.2018 - The DOJ today rescinded all cannabis policies of the Obama Administration that allowed states to decide their own laws on recreational and medical cannabis. ... Read more

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.