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SHOULD MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
11. Do you support reforming North Carolina’s marijuana laws? Do you support full legalization? Please explain your position.
Like the respondents in a recent Elon University poll indicating that 73% of North Carolinians favor the legalization of medical marijuana, I personally support the legalization of medical marijuana for individuals with a debilitating medical condition verified by a physician-issued prescription. SB 711, "The North Carolina Compassionate Care Act," introduced in the NC Senate during the current legislative session, provides a reasonable framework upon which to accomplish the legalization of medical marijuana. Whether it will move in the upcoming legislative Short Session remains to be seen. As to full legalization, that will likely require a few years to gain sufficient support, but decriminalization of the possession of small amounts of marijuana seems a reasonable step for the present.
B- Supports legalization of medical cannabis and/or decriminalization - but did not sponsor legislation.
John proposed an amendment to the 2019 North Carolina Farm Bill: "Sheriffs, police and district attorneys around the state also fear a loss of the probable cause that may lead to bigger busts when an officer, or a drug dog, smells weed. An amendment Wednesday seeks to protect those busts until the ban goes into effect, saying any evidence of other crimes obtained in a search can't be thrown out just because what an officer thought was marijuana turned out to be hemp."
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