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.