2019: Some State Lawmakers to Push for Marijuana Legalization

From the Daily Tar Heel:

Some members of the General Assembly will be discussing reforms to the state’s marijuana laws when it goes into session in January 2019, including a proposal for a local legalization option. 

“It just made sense,” said N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg. “North Carolina should be moving to change these draconian laws because it was evidenced that medical marijuana helped to alleviate pain and suffering in a number of conditions, and in the period of time that I’ve been here in the legislature, more and more evidence comes out that that’s the case.”

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Despite Alexander’s claim that the evidence is stacking up on his side, polling data suggests that marijuana legalization remains controversial.

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Alexander referred to a 2017 poll by Elon University, which showed almost 80 percent of North Carolinians support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes only but only 45 percent support for recreational use. 

“So clearly the citizens of the state are way ahead of the 170 members of the General Assembly in terms of their recognition that it’s time for things to change,” he said.

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