Can North Carolina Think Outside the Box?

In a recent post at BlueNC, James Protzman suggests that “Legalization doesn’t require embracing the hyper-commercialization model Colorado has adopted.  A less invasive approach for North Carolina would likely make more sense, where the right of individuals to medicate themselves isn’t overwhelmed by corporate greed. That’s a “how” question, which must be addressed once we […]

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Signs and Omens: NC (Republican!) Senator Supports MMJ Research Bill

Federal marijuana policy

A North Carolina Republican Senator Supporting MMJ Research Bill shows how ending Prohibition will help to end political gridlock. ROCKINGHAM — U.S. Senator Thom Tillis is throwing his support behind a federal bill that gives some advocates of medical cannabis hope for the future. Last week, Tillis signed on as a co-sponsor to the Marijuana […]

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Appeals Court: State-Sanctioned Marijuana Users Not Afforded Second Amendment Rights

Marijuana and Federal law

(This article concerns the Second Amendment.  It was originally posted on the National NORML website August 31, 2016 by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director. North Carolina is in the Fourth Circuit, and is considered by many to be a strong Second Amendment state. To date, the NRA has been relatively silent on this issue.) Justices […]

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Who is Catherine A. Zanga & Why is Her Name on a North Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill?

Catherine Zanga

North Carolina State Senator Joel Ford (District 38 – Mecklenburg) has introduced a companion to the Medical Marijuana Bill filed in February 2017, House Bill 185. The Senate version contains much of the same language, absent the requirement of a constitutional voter referendum.

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Could Cannabis be the Solution to Opioid Addiction?

Opiates and opioid drugs have been used for pain relief for centuries, but their use may come with a huge price tag: addiction and death. Cannabis may enable people who must use opioids for severe pain to reduce the amount they need or as a substitute with far less risk.

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All Edibles are Not Created Equal: Part 2

For people who make their own edibles (medibles) it is important to know which strains are most effective for specific conditions. Cannabis strains range from pure sativas to pure indicas, and hybrid strains consisting of both indica and sativa properties. Both strains have been found to provide similar benefits, such as pain relief, nausea and loss of appetite; however, certain strains may relieve certain symptoms more efficiently. Because sativa and indica buds have very different medicinal benefits and effects, certain strains can be targeted to better treat specific illnesses.

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Open Letter to the NC Legislators To Support HB 185

Dear Representatives, This is only a quick THANK YOU for your sustained efforts on behalf of cannabis patients in our State. Over the years, the issue of reform has served at the cutting edge of societal evolution.  The comprehensive nature of this bill (especially the licensing structure, projected state revenues, and protection of minors) should […]

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NC HB-185 Legalize Medical Marijuana UPDATE

According to the official North Carolina General Assembly page documenting House Bill-185 “Legalize Medical Marijuana” the first reading has been completed and the bill has been sent to the NC House of Representatives Committee On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

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Opiates, Cannabis, and North Carolina.

opiate epidemic

States that have legal access to medical cannabis have seen drastic reductions in opiate overdose deaths. Twenty five percent, one out of four deaths prevented by cannabis. Our elected officials are turning a blind eye to the suffering of their constituents and ignore offering medical cannabis as an option.

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