First legal medical cannabis harvest begins in North Carolina

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has begun harvesting medical cannabis and expects to open the largest medical cannabis retail store in the U.S. next year, the tribal official in charge of the operation said.

“I’m really proud of my tribe taking this step, one with the betterment of this community in mind,” said Forrest Parker, general manager of Qualla Enterprises LLC.

Qualla Enterprises is the tribal subsidiary over its budding medical cannabis business on Cherokee land in western North Carolina. The crop is grown in greenhouses.

The tribe will have a more certain opening date for its dispensary around January 1, Parker said. That’s also when workers will begin retrofitting the old tribal bingo building for the store, he said.

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