The Future of Marijuana in North Carolina

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The future of North Carolina isn’t looking bright. They’ve been a bit short of cash as of late. It seems that legalizing marijuana solely for the purpose of gaining revenue seems to be on everyone’s mind lately. Even Indiana is thinking about it. This is all happening mostly because of Colorado that has gained more the $2 million in one month alone. Naturally, when other states that are fighting for cash notice that Colorado and Washington are doing really well, they start thinking about legalizing marijuana as well. This is great but marijuana legalization should be backed up by a number of reasons that would benefit the community and not just measure their success in income. As expected, politicians that run North Carolina are not that thrilled about legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

A Tough Sell

Generally speaking, marijuana will be a tough sell in North Carolina. After all, this is a state that thinks of liquor as a necessary evil. In fact, the state is so conservative they don’t even endorse hunting on Sundays. Yet, the state is desperately in need of money. When compared to Colorado, they are almost jealous because Colorado is currently investing 200,000 dollars in schools alone and that’s just 10% of the revenue from the first month. Colorado has a 13% tax on marijuana, which is more than enough to keep filling the state treasury on a monthly basis. On the other hand, most people from North Carolina don’t believe that money should be the only reason to legalize marijuana, yet most of them want to reap the benefits of taxing at the same time. Its obviously a moral dilemma more than anything else and it will be interesting to see how they play their cards.

Public opinion of North Carolina is still a couple of years behind the latest cannabis research. The local lawmakers still believe that marijuana consumption would actually increase if cannabis were legalized; yet that couldn’t be further from the truth. However, there is a glimmer of hope because even though Representative Ted Davis does not favor marijuana legalization, he tends to think proactively about medical marijuana, which is always a good start. The general opinion that marijuana is a gateway drug is a bit over the top and we noticed that more conservative states share that opinion as if, by some weird chance, marijuana research studies are avoiding those states. A few other representatives were asked to share their opinion on marijuana legalization and Representative Frank Iler is definitely not in favor of legalizing marijuana while Representative Susi Hamilton has co-sponsored the medical cannabis bill for years but to no avail. There will probably be more attempts legalize marijuana but we presume that North Carolina will probably be the last in line to do so.

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21 Comments

  • Mike Moor says:

    Weed would definitely help my depression&back spasms. It’s a whole lot milder than my antidepressant meds & probably lots safer.Use to smoke ever day enjoyed the hell out of it.

  • Stephen says:

    I could really use the medical version of marijuana simply for mine Zaidi and PTSD issues from the military not to mention it would help level out my mood disorder

  • pascal says:

    i love nc its home but our goverment is so screwed up i had rather work with someone who smoked last night than somebody that drank a fifth a liquor

  • Ken says:

    I recently tried Marijuana to help with the severe pain i get from diabetic neuropathy. It helps big time. I havnt smoked since 1988, i hate having to worry about about badge heavy cops acting like your doing heroine or something hard if they catch ya. Not all are that way. Hey if its ok in DC it should be federally accepted but they have to figure out how much their loosing from prosecuting the citizens instead of helping.

  • Ivonna Toke says:

    You’re very right about NC. Being a extremely conservative state, however with all the research that is being done and evidence being provided by Colorado and other states, even NC. Should be smart enough to pull their heads out of their asses. There are people who are tired of having pills that don’t work, or have tons of side affects be their only option, weed should be a legal alternative in NC.

  • Michael says:

    NC has more than enough tobacco farms that cause nothing but severe health problems for all who buy and use the products derived from these GMO and Monsanto Roundup filled cancer sticks. Why not grow peaceful, natural cannabis instead for both medical and recreational use? Would certainly be much more profitable and healthful for many.

    NC needs to embrace the mindset of those in Asheville and even Colorado versus their backward ways (NC HB2 ‘bathroom bill’) and the faux conservative hypocritical mindset that flourishes here. Recent news makes it embarrassing to admit you live here.

  • Michael says:

    NC has more than enough tobacco farms that cause nothing but severe health problems for all who buy and use the products derived from these GMO and Monsanto Roundup filled cancer sticks. Why not grow peaceful, natural cannabis instead for both medical and recreational use? Would certainly be much more profitable and healthful for many.

    NC needs to embrace the mindset of those in Asheville and even Colorado versus their backward ways (NC HB2 ‘bathroom bill’) and the faux conservative hypocritical mindset that flourishes here. Recent news makes it embarrassing to admit you live here.

    • MomDawg says:

      Michael,
      You must not have any children?
      Through all this crap with the “HB2 Bathroom Bill” NO One Mentions the Children who will come in open contact with these people!! The Perverts will crawl out of the wood work like cockroaches to use this Bill for their own perversions. HB2 gives anyone who would cross dress an excuse to enter any bathroom of their choosing. How many more children will disappear because of HB2? Adults of the opposite sex do not belong in a bathroom with children!

      Let the big all-stars plus everyone else who voted for HB2 stick their kids in the bathrooms with these people and let’s see how long it takes? Molestation’s will only get worse with this Bill.

      Check your neighborhood sex-offenders list ‘it will blow your mind’. I have 2 granddaughters and will always vote against bills like HB2!!

      “Who said the ‘JunkYard Dog’ has to be male.” says MomDawg

      PS. I live in NC and thank the Power of the People to vote down HB2!!!!!!!!
      Don’t care if this angers or outrages anyone. My concerns are the Children.

      • Tina says:

        I’m with you on that. I have all girls. I would end up in prison if I caught a pervert looking my child’s way.

  • John Shaft says:

    It would be nice to legalized marijuana for it is recreational anyway the only reason to me is the reason that they will not Legalize It is because it’s considered breaking the law and they get paid quite a bit so therefore they get to smoke it and not get drug tested but let us smoke it and we’re in trouble

  • Artie Fishal says:

    Speaking from actual, hands-on experience: Knowing how I act and perform on both marijuana and alcohol, I would much, much rather have pot smokers all around than drinkers. Why do so many people think it’s evil or something? I think it’s because of lack of understanding, inexperience and the desire to force religious and moral opinions on others. THC is natural . If it makes me happy to get high, why should anyone else have a problem with that? I understand the implications of marijuana trade causing death and such, especially to innocents, BUT, isn’t that all A RESULT OF IT BEING ILLEGAL????? I think it is.

  • randy brewer says:

    please support the right to choose no different than ciggs or booze its your right as an american

  • Stephanie Ledford says:

    Drinking is more bad for you then anything pills so why not pass it

  • Bubba says:

    I wish NC would legalize it so I could get some relief from my glaucoma…

  • Mark Mccravey says:

    So the state will continue pursuing innocent people. The agents in these task forces are continually making false statements against citizens
    Mostly to extort funds in taxes from innocent people
    It’s just very wrong
    Government sponsored corruption

  • autumn Norman says:

    Marijuana could help fix alot of North Carolina issues! But this bible belt just doesn’t seem ready to thrive! There is alot of people living in NC who could benefit from legalizing marijuana, it would be great for our local farmers who are struggling to stay afloat ,our schools could benefit from the tax revenues, and all that people battling illnesses that need a boost to gain an appetite, and some relief from their chronic pain others and some people need to smoke them a bowl,a joint, blunt something to just chill out! It could definitely benefit us all living in this state!I

  • Tammy says:

    I think it is about time for north carolina to get in the game and get with the times. North Carolinas schools are a joke we can’t even afford to supply books and computers for our children to learn with every year I donate cases of copy paper to my kids teachers so they can make up worksheets for kids to learn and I’m disabled these kids are north carolinas future. We have people lined up at these pain clinic which are a total joke and waste of taxpayers money. Our government is helping to turn people to narcotics then these clinics just treat these people like animals get them hooked then throw them out to the streets after they are dependent on narcotics to break laws and take pills that are killing our sons and daughters what is so wrong with leaglizeing Marijuana???

  • Anne says:

    Gateway drug….bull crap.if marijuana we to be legalized in NC, I brought we would see a huge drop in the harder drugs,most people are trying to self medicate for pain and emotional problems,which marijuana helps with both. I myself do not smoke because it’s illegal,but I have smoked in my younger years,and yes it does relax me. I have RA,fibromyalgia,and a few other things that I know that if I could legally smoke would help my muscles and joints relax.
    Or state needs the revenue that marijuana could produce and the relaxation the people need….it’s not about getting high,it’s about helping people in pain that can’t afford these high priced pharmaceuticals…everyone needs to relax sometimes. I think if our government would take a toke,weed all be alot happier…..Peace,Love,Harmony

  • Jeffrey Freeman says:

    It crazy we won’t legalize it we spend so much tax money on locking tool up over it when we could make money and save money at the same time write you local government official s 420

  • Bubblers says:

    Go legalization and don’t listen to Dave you got the content out that’s what is important.

  • Steven J says:

    I’m sick of taking these pain pills. I would like it to be legal so I can get off of these pills. I have to take pills for back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. I broke my neck and I been in a wheelchair for 17years now. It needs to be legal for medical use.

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