North Carolina’s newest Medical Marijuana bill is making its way through House subcommittees. It is titled “Legalize and Tax Medical Marijuana”.
On April 26, 2016 Rep. Kelly Alexander introduced HB 983. This bill, if passed, would make it legal for patients to possess marijuana for personal use. This bill currently has a total of 12 sponsors – 11 Democrats and one Republican.
This year’s medical marijuana bill protects patients who are in possession of cannabis. Medical marijuana would be legal to have if a patient has documentation from a licensed physician and has paid all applicable taxes.
There are no provisions for growing or buying medical marijuana from a dispensary with this bill.
Here are the basics of HB 983…
Qualifying Criteria to possess marijuana with THC legally in North Carolina:
- Patient must be diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness
- Patients must have a physician’s written recommendation for the patient to use cannabis to treat the disease’s underlying symptoms
- Patients must purchase a Marijuana Tax Stamp from the NC Department of Revenue (Note: Marijuana tax stamps are already available for purchase today.)
- Marijuana must only be for the patient’s personal use.
- No more than three ounces of marijuana may be possessed at a given time.
- Marijuana stalks and stems are taxed at a rate of $8.00 per ounce
- Plus an additional…
- $7.08 per ounce, if the marijuana is less than 5% THC by weight
- $14.15 per ounce, if the marijuana is between 5% and 10% THC
- $21.24 per ounce, if the marijuana is between 10% and 15% THC
- $28.32 per ounce, if the marijuana is between 15% and 20% THC
- $35.40 per ounce, if the marijuana is between 20% and 25% THC
- $42.48 per ounce, if the marijuana is great than 25% THC.
According to an April, 2016 Public Policy Polling survey, 74% of North Carolinians support a doctor’s right to recommend marijuana to patients who may benefit from the plant.
Everyone in North Carolina who has a personal need for medical cannabis or knows someone who has benefited from treating their conditions with cannabis are highly encouraged to contact their representatives. Medical marijuana bills have not gained much traction in the North Carolina General Assembly. Through polling of representatives, the reason all previous medical marijuana bills have failed is largely due to the fact that our legislators do not know cannabis is safe and effective. They need to be informed.
Please contact your representative to encourage him or her to co-sponsor HB 983. If you don’t know who your representative is, read this article….
If you already know who represents you in state congress, the following is a guide for reaching out and encouraging them to support this bill.
If you do not agree with the laws, do your part to change them.