The battle over medical marijuana in the Tarheel State has gotten so rough that veterans and mothers are fighting side-by-side for the right of patients to consume medical marijuana. Numerous bills have been presented in North Carolina attempting to legalize medical marijuana for the good of patients and veterans across the small state. Most of them have failed, due to the decriminalization already in place, and the medical CBD law that allows only epileptic patients to consume low-THC, high-CBD cannabis extracts to control seizures that may be life-threatening. Apparently many people in North Carolina think this law is good enough – but it’s not, and veterans and mothers across the state are uniting to continue cannabis progress and obtain the medical cannabis that should be available by law.
North Carolina Marijuana Laws
North Carolina was one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana way back on 1977 – possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana is a class 3 misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $200 and no possible jail time; however more than half an ounce may result in up to 45 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1000. Cultivation of any amount of marijuana in North Carolina is a class I felony carrying up to 30 months in jail and at least $5,000 in fines. North Carolina is forward-thinking about hashish, as well – possession of a personal amount (0.05 ounces or less) is also a class 3 misdemeanor with a $200 fine (both marijuana and hash possession in small amounts do carry a short sentence but both must be suspended by law). Paraphenalia is a class 1 misdemeanor that can carry a jail sentence of 1 to 45 days, however. North Carolina also has an active hemp research industry, and a medical CBD law is in place for severe, debilitating epileptic conditions only.
Why N.C. Moms and Veterans Are Supporting Medical Marijuana
Currently, North Carolina’s Medical Society supports medical cannabis research, but without the backing of the society, state lawmakers are reticent to approve medical cannabis in their state. Mothers of children with medical conditions that could be drastically improved through medical marijuana access have appeared on local news television stations to let people know how they feel about medical marijuana legalization in North Carolina. Veterans support a medical marijuana legalization measure as well, despite the dispiriting struggle Rep. Kelly Alexander has faced with bills like HB 78, which failed this year. The bill was an attempt to protect North Carolinians from prosecution for medical marijuana use when they have certain medical conditions, and would have established a cultivation, production, and distribution system for the state similar to those in other medical cannabis legal states.
The Fight Against Disproportionate Marijuana Arrests
Like many states, North Carolina has issues with racially motivated marijuana arrests and charges that are disproportionate to the arrests and charges levied against white members of the population. In North Carolina’s 22% African American population, this spells lack of opportunity and unfair prosecution practices to say the least. North Carolina needs to pass marijuana legalization measures across to board to prevent the loss of future work, community bias, and the relegating of minor cannabis consumers to the prison population in the state. Stay strong and continue the fight, North Carolina – we know you can do it!