Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Raleigh
Last update: October 4, 2015
In February 2015, Rep. Kelley Alexander introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation, HB 78. The bill would protect North Carolinians with a variety of serious medical conditions and doctors’ recommendations from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana. It would also set up a system of cultivation, production, and distribution of medical marijuana and medical marijuana products, ensuring that patients whose doctors recommend they use marijuana have safe and reliable access to it.
In 2014, North Carolina enacted a CBD-focused law that leaves the vast majority of potential medical marijuana patients without legal protections. It also fails to provide an in-state source for cannabis extracts. For more information, please see our summary of the law.
If you live in North Carolina, please email your lawmakers today in support of comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.
If you are a medical professional, a patient who might benefit from medical marijuana, or if you know somebody who might benefit from medical marijuana, we would like to hear from you. Contact us today at [email protected].
Decriminalization and prohibition
Like most states that have marijuana prohibition, people of color are disproportionately arrested for marijuana offenses. According to government data compiled by the ACLU, while blacks make up 22% of the population in North Carolina, they account for 50% of marijuana related arrests, despite the fact that whites and blacks use cannabis at similar rates.
If you believe that North Carolina’s law enforcement dollars could be better spent going after violent criminals, write your legislators a letter urging them to legalize marijuana for adults by regulating it like alcohol.
If you are a law enforcement official, a clergy member, a member of the legal community, or if you were arrested for simple possession of marijuana, please email [email protected] to see how you can be of special help. Be sure to include your zip code so we can determine who your legislators are.
To stay updated on the status of marijuana policy reform in North Carolina, be sure to subscribe to MPP’s free legislative alert service, if you haven’t done so already. If you are interested in composing a powerful 150- to 200-word letter to the editor, we’d be glad to help. Please send MPP an email at [email protected], along with a short description of why you support marijuana policy reform.