North Carolina is ready to grow cannabis where tobacco fields once stood

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The Tar Heel State is going green as farmers look for new crops

It is no secret that cannabis use has been on the rise in recent years, so much so that tobacco has now begun to take a back seat. With strong legalization in the US, marijuana has become a possibility for many, who realize that the benefits and risks are greater and lesser, respectively, when compared to tobacco. This has even been evident in the first harvest of medical marijuana in North Carolina, using land that was once used to grow tobacco.

According to a recent announcement by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), the state is poised to see the birth of its first medical cannabis crop. The cultivation site would be located in the eastern part of the state, specifically in The Qualla Boundary,

The first harvest was scheduled to begin ten days ago. However, the tribe’s plans are not limited to just ago, as they are also looking to open the largest medical marijuana dispensary sometime next year. “I’m really proud of my tribe taking this step, one with the betterment of this community in mind,” said the general manager of Qualla Enterprises LLC, Forrest Parker.

Approximately 450 jobs would be generated from this cannabis business. This would increase the number of EBCI employees to around 7,500. Parker says it is an unparalleled opportunity for many to gain skills that they can later use for their own experiences, especially since it is a high-paying industry.

The tribe will control all aspects of production, according to the EBCI cannabis website. Currently, the business plans to produce cannabis flowers, concentrates, pre-rolls, edibles, and topicals.