Medical marijuana strongly supported by a majority of North Carolinians

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January 14th, 2013

A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling reveals that most North Carolinians believe a doctor should have the right to prescribe marijuana for patients. Support for medical marijuana is at 58% overall, with 33% opposed and 9% undecided. A majority of every age group under age 65 supports medical marijuana. The poll reached 608 North Carolina voters between January 10 and January 13, 2013.

Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said “Those numbers are significant and somewhat surprising. Support for marijuana law reform is at an all-time high nationally, but we had expected public opinion in the South to be significantly different from the national numbers. It looks instead like citizens everywhere recognize the need for changing strategies and stopping the War on Drugs, notably the war against the marijuana plant and it’s consumers.”

Perry Parks, a Vietnam veteran and long-time advocate for medical marijuana in North Carolina, said the poll shows that people everywhere have come to see the need for a more compassionate approach to marijuana. “There are tens of thousands of vets who get some relief from their wounds from this herb. Plus, everyone I talk to knows someone who is suffering from cancer, neurological disease, or other debilitating problem. The government can no longer lie about the effects of marijuana—these people know it helps them. Why we won’t support our vets and put this medicine back in the hands of doctors, where it was until the 1940s, still baffles and frustrates me. The Veterans Administration will not treat a vet in North Carolina who uses cannabis. Yet they’ll treat that same vet, with the same problems, in the eighteen states that have medical marijuana.”

Parks’ organization, the North Carolina Cannabis Patients’ Network, continues to urge the legislature to pass a bill allowing medical marijuana. Parks said a rally in support of the legislation would be held at the legislative building in Raleigh on February 12. “I have spoken to many legislators who say privately that they understand the need to change our approach to marijuana, at least for disabled veterans and others who suffer from debilitating disease. But the public, as this poll shows, is way out in front of our politicians on this issue. Our bill, a carefully-drafted one that draws on the best features of the eighteen states that have already acted, did not even receive a committee hearing in the 2011 session of the General Assembly. We hope people from all across the state will join us on February 12 to show their support for a more compassionate approach this year.”

Jon Kennedy, an officer with the North Carolina branch of NORML, said the poll results confirm what his organization has believed all along. “The people of North Carolina are beginning to understand that marijuana is safer than alcohol and are demanding a change in how we spend our tax dollars. Just because someone is politically and socially conservative doesn’t mean they blindly support failed policies like the War on Drugs. In fact, many conservatives accurately see this as another example of government overreach. Why are we wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer money arresting people for a non-toxic plant that can actually improve their quality of life? Why don’t we take the law enforcement resources we devote to marijuana and use them instead to pursue violent criminals? Sure, there can be drawbacks with overuse of anything we ingest, but those are better handled by education and personal responsibility than by the criminal justice system. It’s past time that we broke the taboo on discussing this openly in North Carolina. We should join the serious national conversation now underway.”

And of course, the best way to get involved is to join and donate to NORML.

15 thoughts on “Medical marijuana strongly supported by a majority of North Carolinians

  1. J Batson

    how long would we honestly be looking at time wise before we could actually vote on legalizing medical marijuana in NC?

    1. NORML of North Carolina Post author

      Short answer: This year, 2013.

      Longer answer: In North Carolina citizens don’t get to “vote” on medical marijuana like most of the other states in the U.S. Instead, we have a system where the North Carolina state congress (General Assembly) introduces a bill, debates it and decides if it passes on the next committee… eventually up for a final vote.

      So to make sure the medical marijuana bill being introduced in a few weeks gets passed everyone MUST contact their representative. Send your Rep a letter (not an email – an actual piece of paper mailed in a stamped envelope). Say you support the bill.

      Think your letter won’t matter? Think again…
      Last session, when we were lobbying for marijuana friendly laws, one Representative explained that the most letters he’d ever received on ANY issue was thirty. 30! So if everyone who likes NC NORML on Facebook sent a letter to their representative WE WOULD BREAK THAT RECORD IN EVERY DISTRICT.

      Here’s an easy way to find your representative and print a letter.

      Find your Representative

      Write your representative

      Sign it, put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mailbox.
      Congratulations! You’re now in the top 1% of marijuana advocates in North Carolina.

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  3. Alex

    Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp would bring this State Of North Carolina to the Front of the USA with New Industrial and Medical grows, and sales, Bio fuels, cloth, etc.
    Make this legal for all those who are tired and wearing out with Big Pharmas Pills that destroy the body, when all we need is Medical Cannabis!
    Veterans dying and killing themselves and loved ones because of the craziness the Pills bring on, and Cannabis Schedule 1 no leagal use, Give me a Break, Cannabis instead of the crazy Pills and reactions from the Pills , any time.
    Help North Carolina and make Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp legal!
    Thank you, hopefully in 2013

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  6. Leon

    Marijuana been used as medicine for thousands
    of years. and should be respected and used It can
    Be used for so many things eating it can help with
    indigestion and smoking it can take the pain away from gout and arthritis pain I been in gout pain since 03 and its a blessing that this bill has been put in and I fully support It. Over half arrest in the
    state are people who use marijuana all though tax
    dollars at work when that money can be used to catch the real bad guys the murderers an burglar’s
    I never been to prison but if I had and i bet if I ask
    Around and see what they were in for Im willing to bet that a great percentage of in-mates are in for
    Smoking marijuana please support this bill

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  8. mkbrogan

    I’ve searched the Public Policy Polling site and have been unable to find this information. Could you possibly send me a link to the Public Policy Polling results?

    1. NORML of North Carolina Post author

      The PPP survey was conducted as a Public Poll. That may mean that the results are not available with basic searches on their site. Send us an email ( and we’ll email you a PDF version of the results.

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  12. Anon

    Hello All,

    The next step for NC is to pass the first Judiciary committee, all members are listed below.

    Please contact the list below and politely and respectively ask them their stance on HB-78.

    If they are willing to talk and oppose the bill, cite:

    Reduced taxpayer dollars used to arrest, sentence and jail users of pot which is much less harmful than alcohol and fosters less dependence.

    Tax revenue brought in by the state that could be used for strengthening our economy and improving infrastructure.

    It de-funds and puts pressure on illegal black market sales of pot by providing safe and legal way for patients to get their meds.

    The states failed anti drug programs have led to more people using pot for medical purposes than ever before and even if it remains illegal people will continue to use it for the benefits.

    Representative Jon Hardister
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 59
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 632
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative N. Leo Daughtry
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 26
    N.C. House of Representatives
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 2207
    Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

    Representative Justin P. Burr
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 67
    Montgomery, Stanly
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307A
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative Darren G. Jackson
    2015-2016 Session
    Democrat – District 39
    N.C. House of Representatives
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1013
    Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

    Representative Dean Arp
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 69
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 531
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative Larry D. Hall
    Democratic Leader
    2015-2016 Session
    Democrat – District 29
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 506
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative Julia C. Howard
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 79
    Davie, Forsyth
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 302
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative Grier Martin
    Democratic Conference Chair
    2015-2016 Session
    Democrat – District 34
    N.C. House of Representatives
    16 W. Jones Street, Room 1023
    Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

    Representative Allen McNeill
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 78
    Moore, Randolph
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 418C
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative George S. Robinson
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 87
    Appointed 02/02/2015
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 306C
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

    Representative Bob Steinburg
    2015-2016 Session
    Republican – District 1
    Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell
    N.C. House of Representatives
    300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 301B
    Raleigh, NC 27603-5925


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