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CJ: Tillis-sponsored Bill Would Ease Some Barriers Slowing Marijuana Research

Carolina Journal’s Kari Travis reports on a federal bill that would roll back regulations for marijuana studies. So what’s the status of marijuana in North Carolina?

Marijuana isn’t legal in North Carolina, though CBD oil, a non-psychoactive part of the plant, is allowed to treat specific types of epilepsy in children.

Gov. Roy Cooper, who serves on President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, says he wants to learn more about the impact of marijuana in other states before moving to legalize it in North Carolina.

State lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle should “just say yes” to medical marijuana, said Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford. In February, Harrison helped introduce House Bill 185, Legalize Medical Marijuana.

The bill, like many of its predecessors, failed to make it out of committee.

“The majority of the country has legalized this, and it should be here,” she told Carolina Journal.

Eighty percent of North Carolinians agree, a poll from Elon University shows.

North Carolina veterans are especially supportive of legalizing cannabis, Pricey said, stating that most have found it to be more effective, and less addictive, than opioids.

Read the Carolina Journal story in full here.

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Donna came to the John Locke Foundation in January 2003 after freelance writing for Carolina Journal and contributing to projects for the North Carolina Education Alliance. He...

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