Politician Info
B+ Michael Lee (R - NC) MEDICAL USE

Holds office State Senate District 9

Position on Marijuana Legalization

“Recreational marijuana use is not something we want in our state, but that should not keep us from doing the right thing for those dealing” with chronic and debilitating conditions, Lee said.

Lee said SB711 also could be applied as an educational tool about overall marijuana use for teens and young adults.

https://journalnow.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/medical-marijuana-bill-clears-first-n-c-senate-committee-step/article_66d1ea02-d9c3-11eb-b24f-17666bfa2360.html

Position on Medical Marijuana

Response to 2020 NC Family Policy Council's question “Should North Carolina legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes?” UNDECIDED

Sponsored Legislation

S711 NC Compassionate Care Act.

Comments

A 'B' letter grade indicates that this candidate supports policies specific to the legalization of medical cannabis and/or support to give states greater autonomy in setting their own policies but have not cosponsored legislation to end marijuana prohibition.

Michael Lee previously held this seat from 2015-2018.

Voted Aye on HB766-Amend CBD Oil Statute in 2015 which proposed that board certified neurologists may recommend hemp extract containing less than 0.9% THC by weight and at least 5% cannabidiol by weight to patients with intractable epilepsy without enrolling in pilot studies, and that DHHS set up a database of patients, caregivers and neurologists rather than a registry. 

Voted Aye on SB313-Industrial Hemp in 2015 which proposed the development of an industrial hemp industry in the State in order to expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production; to establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the State, to provide for reporting on the program by growers and processors for agricultural or other research, and to pursue any federal permits or waivers necessary to allow industrial hemp to be grown in the State. 

Voted Aye on HB992-Amend Industrial Hemp Definition in 2016 which proposed modifications in language of SL2015-299, increased number of Commissioners from 5 to 9, proposed that the Commission will issue licenses for “research” to include “the growth, cultivation, and marketing of industrial hemp.” 

Voted Aye on SB124-LEO Managed CBD Oil Drop Box in 2018 which proposed that any individual who possesses or uses hemp extract, as defined under this section, shall dispose of all residual oil from the extract at a secure collection box managed by a law enforcement agency, and that any neurologist who approves of dispensing hemp extract to a registered caregiver, shall inform the registered caregiver that disposal must be done at a secure collection box. 

Did not respond to NC NORML's 2020 Primary Questionnaire

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