Politician Info

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

Position on Medical Marijuana

In response to NC Family Policy Council’s question, "Should NC legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes?" Ager answered YES:


Co-sponsored Legislation

Cosponsored HB 78 Enact Medical Cannabis Act in 2015 Link

Cosponsored HB 317 Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients in 2015 Link

Cosponsored HB 983 Legalize and Tax Medical Marijuana in 2016 Link

Co-sponsored HB 185 Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2017 Link 

Co-sponsored HB 994 Revise Marijuana Laws in 2018 Link

Cosponsored HB766 Revise Marijuana Laws in 2019 Link

Cosponsored HB401 Enact Medical Cannabis Act in 2019 Link


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 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: http://www.electjohnager.org/budget-battle-and-more-raleigh-august

Phone: 919-733-5746


North Carolina House of Representatives 300 North Salisbury Street, Room 509

Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

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