Is Medical Marijuana legal in North Carolina?

No. North Carolina has yet to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. In the United States, 28 states and Washington, DC have legalized medical Marijuana. 

In 2016, Representative Kelly Alexander introduced House Bill 983 which was solely focused on the legalization of medical marijuana. The bill passed its “1st reading” on 4/28/2016, and was sent to the Committee on Health. No further action has happened with the bill since that time. A bill does not become law until it is passed by the House and the Senate, ratified and if required signed by the Governor. 

It is quite possible that we could see changes in the laws here in NC over the next few years, as the political climate continues to change in our state. 

If you were charged with possession of marijuana, or possession of drug paraphernalia, and you have a medical diagnosis give our office a call for a free consultation. While medical marijuana is not yet legal in NC, you may have options available to help you keep your criminal record clean. 

Attorney Wiley Nickel is on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana law (NORML) legal committee, which works to reform marijuana laws. Call attorney Kristi Haddock or attorney Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486. Our office is located in Cary near the corner of Harrison Avenue and Weston Parkway. 


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.