Holds office State House District 56
Do you support reforming North Carolina’s marijuana laws? Do you support full legalization? Please explain your position.
Yes, I support legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in North Carolina.
Medical marijuana has been shown to be a safer treatment for chronic pain in adults than some current legal treatments. It also reduces vomiting induced by chemotherapy and can improve outcomes for other health conditions. The majority of the country (37 states) has legalized medical marijuana and there is bipartisan support for it here.
In North Carolina, 22 percent of the state’s population is African American, yet over 50 percent of arrests for marijuana possession involve African Americans. This is in the face of data that indicates that people in every racial category use marijuana at the same rates. Legalization can remove one of the largest racially disproportionate practices our state has and keep many young people out of our justice system, where recidivism becomes increasingly likely.
Legalization and regulation of marijuana would create jobs, eliminate racially-disparate enforcement and promote safe use of marijuana through formal, science-based product testing.
SHOULD MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
On legalization of medical marijuana: again, that’s another great thing, and again, House leadership has indicated that they don’t want to take it up this session. My view, and I know the view of other Democrats, has been that we want to help people, and — you know, a lot of states have legalized medical marijuana. It would really help people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, PTSD, the benefits clearly are there. So, again, I’m hopeful that it can come to the floor for a vote, but we’ll see.
A- Publicly supports ending prohibition of marijuana for adults – has not cosponsored legislation.
There have been no votes on cannabis related bills during his time in office,