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Holds office State House District 61

Position on Medical Marijuana

For Harrison, the reason is personal. Her sister died a couple of years ago from a brain tumor. The oncologist felt “quite strongly,” Harrison said, that marijuana should have been available to stem pain from the tumor and chemotherapy.

“It should be an option,” Harrison said. “It’s been demonized.”

Harrison said: “We’ve heard from veterans injured in combat, and elderly grandmothers in terrible pain. It seems that this relief ought not to be cut off. I don’t understand why the [U.S.] Department of Justice would divert resources from the real criminal efforts in our society to pursue grandmothers and veterans.”

Sponsored Legislation

Sponsor: HB401 "Enact Medical Cannabis Act" 2019

Sponsor: HB 766 (decriminalization) 2019

Sponsor: HB 185 (medical cannabis) 2017

Sponsor: HB 317 Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients 2015

Sponsor: HB78 Enact Medical Cannabis Act 2015

Sponsor: HB84-Enact Medical Cannabis Act 2013

Sponsor: HB577-Medical Cannabis Act 2011

Sponsor HB1380-Medical Marijuana Act 2009




Co-sponsored Legislation

Cosponsor HB 1143 Modify Tax on Marijuana Products 2020

Cosponsor H992 Amend Industrial Hemp 2016

Cosponsor H766 Amend CBD Oil Statute 2015

Cosponsor H1220 Hope 4 Hayley & Friends 2014

Cosponsor H1161 Legalize Medical Marijuana/Const. Amendment 2014

Cosponsor H941-LRC Study/Medical Use of Cannabis 2014

Cosponsor HB637-Expunction of Marijuana Offense 2011




Did not respond to NC NORML's 2020 Primary or General Election Questionnaires

North Carolina’s Cannabis Caucus Member

Voted Aye on SB124-LEO Managed CBD Oil Drop Box (2018) 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.

Voted Aye on HB766-Amend CBD Oil Statute (2015) 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.

Voted Aye on SB313-Industrial Hemp (2015) 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.

Voted Aye on HB992/SB77-Amend Industrial Hemp Definition (2015) 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.”

Voted Aye on HB1220-Hope 4 Haley and Friends (2014) which proposed a pilot study program and registry to investigate the safety and efficacy of hemp extract in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. Neurologists at UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Wake Forest University and Duke University were encouraged to conduct studies and provide hemp extract of less than 0.3% THC by weight and at least 10% cannabidiol by weight to patients with intractable epilepsy who enrolled in those studies.

Contact Mary Harrison

Email: Harrisonla@ncleg.net

Web: https://www.ncleg.gov/Members/Biography/H/504

Phone: 919-733-5771


North Carolina State House of Representatives 16 West Jones Street, Room 1218

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

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