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Column: No rush on marijuana sales at Eastern Cherokee casino

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The Answer Man tries to find out whether the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be selling marijuana at its Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina:
Real answer: It's too soon to make a call, according to Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

"I've got the Attorney General for the tribe working on a white paper, as far as how these (rules) apply to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee," Hicks said. "So, it's under evaluation at this point. Until I get the legal aspect from our attorney, I don't have any comment."

The U.S. Justice Department recently gave Native American tribes the authority to legalize marijuana on their reservations, telling federal prosecutors the issue needs to be handled on a "government-to-government basis," according to USA Today.

Get the Story:
Answer Man: Will the Cherokee grow weed? (The Asheville Citizen-Times 12/17)

Relevant Documents:
Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country (October 2014)

Related Stories:
Opinion: DOJ marijuana policy in Indian Country raises questions (12/16)
DOJ announces new policy affecting marijuana in Indian Country (12/11)

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