CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A state lawmaker from Mecklenburg County believes he has more support than ever for a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina. It could be the first state in the Southeast to pass such a bill, according to WSOC.
This would be Rep. Kelly Alexander’s fourth attempt at legalizing medical marijuana like 23 other states have already done. The Democrat said the bill would include regulations to track plants from production to sale.
“It becomes almost impossible to divert any of this product into the black market because every step of the process you are following a plant,” Alexander said.
It would also make sure that the state is able to collect taxes on cannabis use, he said. He cited reports that suggested North Carolina could stand to gain about $100 million dollars from that industry.
He said he has had conversations with Gov. Pat McCrory, the speaker of the House and Senate Pro Tem about his bill and he believes it has a good chance of passing this year. He points to the most support he’s ever had in sponsoring the bill with 14 lawmakers are behind it.
Read full story: WSOC
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