The History of Marijuana in North Carolina

Marijuana has thousands of years of history all across the world and in the United States. In the United States, marijuana has a history of prohibition and legalization both at the state and federal levels. Many southern states are actually taking action to join the fight for legalization. North Carolina is among one of these southern states that is moving forward with marijuana legalization. The state actually has a history with cannabis that dates back to 1977 when many states were actually enacting decriminalization laws to prevent jail time for people arrested for small amounts of possession.

Another marijuana legislation was introduced in the state in 2014 when the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act passed. Under this new law, patients with intractable epilepsy are permitted to use CBD oil as an alternative treatment. Though this is a step in the right direction for marijuana in the North Carolina, any other use of the drug is prohibited, facing harsh punishments that include  incarceration, fines, and forced drug addiction treatment. Possession of even 0.5 to 1.5 ounces is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which only increases depending on the amount of cannabis and intent.


Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) isn't the most vocal cannabis advocate on the 2020 presidential campaign trail, but you shouldn't take that as a lack of support for marijuana legalization. Unlike many of the top contenders for the upcoming Democratic primaries, Ryan hasn't filed any of his own cannabis legalization bills.

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