Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in North Carolina

Legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana has been filed in North Carolina’s House of Representatives.

Filed by Representative Kelly Alexander Jr. (D), House Bill 944 would allow those 21 and older to legally possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use. The bill would raise the threshold for felony possession from 1.5 ounces to 16 ounces; possessing over four ounces, but less than 16, would be a misdemeanor.

In addition, the measure would also allow those convicted of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana before the law would take effect to petition the court to have the charge expunged (removed) from their criminal record.

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Medical Cannabis Oil Bill Approved Unanimously by North Carolina Senate

North Carolina House Bill 766, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts, has been approved unanimously by the state’s full Senate.northcaro

The measure was passed with some minor amendments, meaning it will head back to the House of Representatives – which has already passed the bill once – for a final vote. If approved in the House, as expected, it will go to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.

Under the proposed law, those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician will be authorized to possess and use cannabis oil that has no more than 0.9% THC.

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