NC Support for Medical Marijuana at All Time High – 2016

Almost 3 in 4 North Carolinians support doctors’ rights to recommend medical marijuana to patients in need. According to an April 2016 Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina 74% of the state is now in favor of allowing doctors to discuss medical marijuana as a source of treatment. The poll was conducted April 22, […]

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HB 983 – North Carolina’s Medical Marijuana Bill (2016)

North Carolina’s newest Medical Marijuana bill is making its way through House subcommittees. It is titled “Legalize and Tax Medical Marijuana”. On April 26, 2016 Rep. Kelly Alexander introduced HB 983. This bill, if passed, would make it legal for patients to possess marijuana for personal use. This bill currently has a total of 12 […]

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NC Representative Report Card – 2015 Medical Marijuana

North Carolina will will hold primaries on March 15, 2016. Candidate Filing Dates are December 1 – December 21, 2015. NC NORML will update this scorecard with information regarding incumbents and challengers. You can help by contacting your representative and their challenger(s) to find out whether s/he will support medical and decriminalization bills if elected, […]

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NC is a Decrim State – But What Does that REALLY Mean?

In some states and municipalities that have ‘decriminalized’ possession of small amounts of cannabis, the offense is treated as an infraction and people may be given a ticket to pay, just as if they had been caught speeding. In North Carolina, possession of any amount of cannabis up to 1 ½ ounces is classed as […]

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Thoughts on Being a Cannabis Activist in the Rip Van Winkle State

In 1819, Washington Irving published the story of Rip Van Winkle, a Colonist living in the Catskill Mountains, who was beloved by his fellow villagers for his friendliness towards all, his folksy stories and affection for children and animals. His one fault was his habit of disappearing whenever there was work to be done. While […]

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A Brief History of Cannabis Legislation in North Carolina from 1977 to 2015

During the 1970’s, lawmakers across the country were faced with an explosion of arrests for marijuana possession. Many legislators were especially concerned that young people from good families would live under the cloud of a felony record for the sole crime of possessing a few joints. In 1977, North Carolina decriminalized possession of marijuana making […]

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Interest of Justice

Interest of Justice On March 16, 2015, I read an article in the Charlotte Observer about the arrest of a 94 year old Charlotte man for felony possession of marijuana. The who, what and when were laid out in terse and dispassionate language – 48 words total in 5 lines. Yet these 48 words gripped […]

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HB 78 – Medical Cannabis Act (2015)

North Carolina’s House Bill 78 – Enact Medical Cannabis Act – was introduced by Rep. Kelly Alexander. This 2015 bill has several co-sponsors and has some of the following features: Patients are allowed to maintain a 24 ounce supply Patients and caregivers are allowed a 250 square foot cultivation space Qualifying conditions include… cancer, glaucoma, […]

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