In some states and municipalities that have ‘decriminalized’ possession of small amounts of cannabis, the offense is treated as an infraction and people may be given a ticket to pay, just as if they had been caught speeding. In North Carolina, possession of any amount of cannabis up to 1 ½ ounces is classed as … More NC is a Decrim State – But What Does that REALLY Mean?
In 1819, Washington Irving published the story of Rip Van Winkle, a Colonist living in the Catskill Mountains, who was beloved by his fellow villagers for his friendliness towards all, his folksy stories and affection for children and animals. His one fault was his habit of disappearing whenever there was work to be done. While … More Thoughts on Being a Cannabis Activist in the Rip Van Winkle State
During the 1970’s, lawmakers across the country were faced with an explosion of arrests for marijuana possession. Many legislators were especially concerned that young people from good families would live under the cloud of a felony record for the sole crime of possessing a few joints. In 1977, North Carolina decriminalized possession of marijuana making … More A Brief History of Cannabis Legislation in North Carolina from 1977 to 2015
Interest of Justice On March 16, 2015, I read an article in the Charlotte Observer about the arrest of a 94 year old Charlotte man for felony possession of marijuana. The who, what and when were laid out in terse and dispassionate language – 48 words total in 5 lines. Yet these 48 words gripped … More Interest of Justice
The “North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act” went into effect on August 1st 2015. Governor McCrory signed HB 766 into law two weeks earlier giving neurologists the authority to recommend low-THC cannabis oil to qualifying patients. The law provides a legal exemption for caregivers of patients with intractable epilepsy to possess hemp extract under the following … More Updated CBD Bill Gives North Carolinians Limited Access to Medical Marijuana
The table below lists all the Senators in the General Assembly in 2015, and how they stand on allowing patients to have access to cannabis based on a doctor’s recommendation. (Click here to see a report card for the Representatives in the General Assembly.) Some of these Senators have shared their stance (in varying ways) … More NC Senator Report Card – 2015 Medical Marijuana
The table below lists the Representatives and Senators from North Carolina that have been elected to national Congress. These are the people who have been tasked with rescheduling marijuana, reducing penalties associated with the plant, and making cannabis-friendly laws nationwide. NOTE: Scroll left and right in the embedded table to see the grade, political party, … More National Congress Cannabis Report Card