Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Raleigh
The North Carolina 2015-2016 legislative session convened in late January, and already the North Carolina Legislature has been presented with legislation that would help the seriously ill in the Tar Heel State.
Rep. Kelley Alexander has again introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation. The North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, co-sponsored by nine of Rep. Alexander’s House colleagues, would protect North Carolinians with a variety of serious medical conditions from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana under their doctors’ recommendations. 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. If you are a North Carolinian, please email your lawmakers today in support of this sensible proposal.
Passage of this legislation would be a vast improvement upon the CBD-focused law enacted last year — a 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.
Do you have a personal connection to marijuana policy reform?
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. Additionally, 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.
Learn more about North Carolina's marijuana laws
Did you know that, according to government data compiled by the ACLU, black people in North Carolina are almost three and a half times as likely to be arrested or cited for simple possession than their white neighbors? This disparity exists 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 real criminals, write your legislators a letter urging them to legalize marijuana for adults by regulating it like alcohol. To learn more about marijuana laws in North Carolina, take a look at this report by economist Jon Gettman, Ph.D.
Write a letter to the editor in support of medical marijuana
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 medical marijuana laws.
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