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Holds office State House District 106

Position on Medical Marijuana

Bill sponsor Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Charlotte), a registered nurse, said she supports the use of medical cannabis for pain relief caused by debilitating diseases like multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I can see that there’s a whole group of people in chronic pain in other states that are benefiting by the use of medical marijuana, but here they cannot do it, and it’s not a good practice,” Cunningham said. Cunningham said that there are no documented negative side effects of medical cannabis, and that it’s therefore unfair to prevent its use.

Co-sponsored Legislation

Cosponsor of HB 637 Expunction of Marijuana Offense in 2013

Cosponsor of HB1161 Legalize Medical Marijuana/Const. Amendment in 2014

Cosponsor of HB 1220 Hope 4 Hayley and Friends in 2014

Cosponsor of HB 78 Enact Medical Cannabis Act in 2015

Cosponsor of HB 317 Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients in 2015

Cosponsor of HB 185 to legalize medical marijuana in 2017

Cosponsor of HB 766 Revise Marijuana Laws in 2019







A 'B' letter grade indicates that this member/candidate supports policies specific to the legalization of medical cannabis and/or the decriminalization of cannabis; sponsor/co-sponsor of medical cannabis legalization legislation; outspoken in public comments about it; and/or sponsor/co-sponsor of other significant reform legislation

Voted Aye on HB1220-Hope 4 Haley and Friends which proposed a pilot study program and registry to investigate the safety and efficacy of hemp extract in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. 

Neurologists at UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and Duke University were encouraged to conduct studies and provide hemp extract of less than 0.3% THC by weight and at least 10% cannabidiol by weight to patients with intractable epilepsy who enrolled in those studies. 2014

Voted Aye on HB766-Amend CBD Oil Statute 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. 2015

Voted Aye on SB313-Industrial Hemp 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. 2015

Voted Aye on HB992/SB77-Amend Industrial Hemp Definition 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.” 2016

Voted Aye on SB124-LEO Managed CBD Oil Drop Box 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. 2018

Did not respond to NC NORML's 2020 Questionnaire

Contact Carla Cunningham

Email: carlacunninghamnchouse@gmail.com

Web: http://carlacunninghamnchouse.com/

Phone: 919-733-5807


North Carolina House of Representatives 300 North Salisbury Street, Room 609

Raleigh, NC 27603-5807

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