Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Law Won’t Apply on Cherokee Land

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A Cherokee Nation official said medical marijuana won’t be legal on the Oklahoma-based tribe’s property even though the state’s voters approved use of the plant.

The Cherokee Phoenix reported that Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo said the tribe must adhere to its own laws as well as federal regulations, and that Oklahoma law does not apply. Nimmo said possession and sale of cannabis remain illegal under tribal and federal law.

Nimmo said some of the tribe’s funding is conditioned on prohibiting the use of marijuana in any form.

Oklahoma voters in June 2018 approved use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The state health department is accepting applications from potential patients, growers, dispensaries and caregivers.


Banner Image: Photo by Gina Coleman. Original Great Seal of the Cherokee Nation compiled by Aaron Walden, vector derivative created by Jdcollins13, via Wikimedia Commons and used with a Creative Commons License.

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