The Charlotte Observer
The tribe hasn’t announced an opening date for its cannabis superstore in the North Carolina mountains. Officials at the tribe’s for-profit cannabis subsidiary, Qualla Enterprises LLC, previously told The Charlotte Observer they hope to open the dispensary by December. The dispensary on U.S. 19 near Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort will be the first and only place to legally purchase marijuana in the state, as marijuana remains illegal in North Carolina. The dispensary is in the tribe’s massive, refurbished old bingo hall 46 miles west of Asheville in the Great Smoky Mountains. In a historic vote Sept. 7, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina overwhelmingly approved adult use of marijuana on tribal land, certified election results by EBCI’s election board showed. The tribe had already approved use and controlled sale of medical cannabis on its 57,000-acre Qualla Boundary.