Holds office State House District 5
HB78-Enact Medical Cannabis Act https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2015/H78
HB317-Medical Marijuana for Terminally Ill Patients https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2015/H317
H185-Legalize Medical Marijuana https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2017/H185
H994-Revise Marijuana Laws https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2017/H994
H401-Enact Medical Cannabis Act https://www.ncleg.gov/BillLookUp/2019/H401
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)
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?
I have already run bill with Rep Alexander
Responses to NC NORML's 2020 Primary Questionnaire:
1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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? YES
5. 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? YES
Co-Sponsor of HB401, the "Enact Medical Cannabis Act".
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 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 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 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.
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