Politician Info
B+ Mary Belk (D - NC) DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Holds office State House District 88

Co-sponsored Legislation

Cosponsor of HB 185 to legalize medical marijuana in 2017

Cosponsor of HB 401 Enact Medical Cannabis Act in 2019

Cosponsor of HB 1143 Modify Tax On Marijuana Products in 2020

 

Comments

A 'B' letter grade indicates that this candidate supports the legalization of medical cannabis and/or decriminalization and/or has cosponsored legislation to do so, but not to end prohibition of marijuana for adults.

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

Responses to NC NORML's 2020 Primary Questionnaire:

Do you support prohibiting access to marijuana (cannabis) by persons younger than 21 years, unless for evidence-based medical applications prescribed by a healthcare provider and with parental consent? YES

Research reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that states with legalized cannabis saw a reduction in opioid use and opioid overdose deaths. Would you consider legalizing medical cannabis as a strategy to reduce opioid use? YES

According to the Cato Institute, North Carolina spent ~ $263.3 million in state and local dollars to enforce cannabis laws in 2016. Meanwhile, the American Journal of Drug Alcohol Abuse found that arrestees who tested positive for THC had low incidents of aggressive crime. Aggressive crimes were associated with self-reported use of alcohol. Would you consider decriminalizing possession of cannabis since its use results in less aggression than legal alcohol? YES

A Mayo Clinic study has shown that cannabis has lower addiction rates than alcohol (Nicotine 32%; Heroin 23%; Cocaine 17%; Alcohol 15%; Cannabis 9%). Do you agree that adults should have the right to use cannabis? MAYBE

Contradicting the myth that cannabis is a gateway drug, the RAND Corporation reported in 2012 that the use of cocaine dropped 50% as cannabis use increased 40%. Cannabis is associated with lower use of hard drugs and is not a gateway drug. Would you consider legalizing adult use of cannabis? MAYBE

Thank you for completing this questionnaire. If you would like to say more about your stance on changing NC law with respect to cannabis, you may do so here:

Member of North Carolina's Cannabis Caucus

Contact Mary Belk

Email: Belkla@ncleg.net

Web: http://www.marybelk.com/

Phone: 919-733-5607

Address

North Carolina House of Representatives 16 West Jones Street, Room 1313

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

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