Eastern Cherokee leader vetoes resolution for marijuana study

Eastern Band Chief Patrick Lambert and First Lady Cyndi Lambert. Photo from Facebook

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina won't be conducting a feasibility study on marijuana after all.

In October, the tribal council authorized a study of the drug for for medicinal, industrial and recreational use. But it won't be going forward after Chief Patrick Lambert vetoed the resolution because of the recreational angle.

"I have stated that there may be good medical uses, but any drugs used for recreation are not a direction I believe we should be headed toward," Lambert said in a monthly report that was published in The Cherokee One Feather, the tribe's newspaper.

Tribal leaders had embraced the medicinal benefits of marijuana but they voted unanimously to uphold the veto, the paper reported.

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Chief’s Monthly Report for November (The Cherokee One Feather 12/7)
“Recreational use” dooms cannabis study (The Cherokee One Feather 12/4)
Chief vetoes Cannabis Study resolution (The Cherokee One Feather 11/30)

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