From her editorial in Cardinal and Pine:
"I believe in empowering our farmers and generating economic opportunity for those in our district.
That is why I’m in favor of legalizing the production, processing, and consumption of cannabis in North Carolina. In addition to driving economic growth, legalizing cannabis can generate valuable tax revenue and offer better healthcare options for North Carolinians."
Medical cannabis has a range of uses, including pain control, nausea management, and muscle relaxation. It has been a godsend for people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and a number of other conditions. Medical cannabis is also safer and less addictive than opiates, which caused 1,718 unintentional overdose deaths in North Carolina in 2018.
Having dedicated my entire professional life to healthcare, I believe that North Carolinians deserve a full range of safe and effective treatment options.
When the Great Depression hit, many farmers shifted away from cash crops and toward growing food crops for their families. In recent decades, many farmers have transitioned from growing tobacco, the state’s most popular crop, and now we’re a top 10 producer in 19 commodities.
The time has come again for North Carolinians to adapt to challenging times. Few options offer the benefits of growing, processing, and consuming our own cannabis, and as a member of your state legislature, I will make it my mission to promote policies that will improve the financial and physical well-being of the people of North Carolina."
From her website: Legalization of cannabis would bring a vital job market and the revenue our counties need.
An 'A' letter grade indicates that this candidate has publicly declared their support for ending prohibition of marijuana for adults and/or has cosponsored legislation to do so.
Responses to NC NORML’s 2020 General Election Questionnaire:
Please indicate which statements agree with your views regarding justice, medical cannabis, opportunities for farmers, and individual liberties. (Agreement noted in BOLD) Received 9/28/20
The Detection and Standardization Field Sobriety Test is acceptable as evidence for driving under the influence of cannabis charges for NC law, enforcement agencies, not blood or urine.
NC law enforcement departments should establish pre-charge diversion programs for drug charges.
NC farmers should be able to grow cannabis with higher THC levels for medical use. This would benefit both patients and farmers.
As with other medicines, healthcare providers practicing within their scope of practice should have the professional freedom to recommend cannabis to patients at the dose, THC level, and for the conditions they deem effective.
Patients should have the freedom to seek cannabis therapies for their conditions at the dose and THC levels that could be effective as patients in other states have the freedom.
Since cannabis has lower addiction rates than alcohol and cigarettes and does not lead to illegal drug use, but instead reduces opioid and cocaine use, cannabis for adult use should be legal.
NC’s state budget would benefit from legalizing cannabis.
I would consider cosponsoring a bill that reduces penalties for possession from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction.
I would consider cosponsoring a medical marijuana bill.
I would consider cosponsoring a bill to tax and regulate cannabis for adult use.
What questions would you like us to answer about cannabis legalization, medical uses, the impact on state and local revenues or crime?