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mountainx.com 5/12/2017:

Rep. John Ager, who’s co-sponsoring the legislation, says, “I had a close friend with colon cancer that had much of her pain mitigated with marijuana before her untimely death. The opioid epidemic is ravaging our state, and this would be a great reason to legalize medical marijuana.” Ager represents northeastern Buncombe County.

“One advantage we have in North Carolina is that we already have a system for controlling the sale of alcohol through state-run ABC stores. Perhaps sale of marijuana through that venue would provide some safety, not to mention revenue for the state,” he notes. “Colorado is funding a lot of school construction with marijuana revenue, and that is a need we have here as well.”

Holds office State House District 115

Co-sponsored Legislation


H290 Make Certain Drug Offenses Infractions

H617 Cannabis Legalization & Regulation

H858 Permit Cannabis Medical Research Studies

H929 North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act


HB766 Revise Marijuana Laws Link

HB401 Enact Medical Cannabis Act Link


HB 994 Revise Marijuana Laws Link


HB 185 Legalize Medical Marijuana Link


HB 983 Legalize and Tax Medical Marijuana Link


HB 78 Enact Medical Cannabis Act Link

HB 317 Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients Link






A+ Publicly supports ending prohibition of marijuana for adults - primary sponsor of legislation.

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 John Ager

Email: Agerla@ncleg.net

Web: https://www.ncleg.gov/Members/Biography/H/689

Phone: 919-733-5746


16 West Jones Street, Rm. 1002

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

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