Over the course of the midterm election, the little green plant called marijuana has left a profound impact on our country. As of November 6, 2018, Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize recreational use of the herb, and Missouri and Utah have both legalized medical-grade cannabis for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses. Nevertheless, while nine states have allowed people to consume the drug without the need of a medical card, some states are still holding steadfast to current regulations. Alabama, Georgia, and Indiana are just a few that have not allowed any form of pot use. While we are familiar with the growing marijuana on the trend of the Atlantic Coast (with our nation’s capital proposing legalization), we have yet to see the little herb legalized in North Carolina. Let’s take a closer look at some facts about cannabis laws in the Tar Heel State.

Atlantic Forests

SOME FACTS ABOUT CANNABIS LAWS IN NORTH CAROLINANeighboring Virginia and Tennessee, you can easily get an idea for the kind of beautiful landscape you will witness in the beautiful cousin of South Carolina. Marked by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains and nestled in an everlasting fog bank, North Carolina offers a subtropical climate by the sea and a crisp but humid environment across its highest peaks. History buffs will recall how the Wright Brothers completed their first successful test flight in Kitty Hawk, on the Outer Banks Islands, virtually kickstarting aviation history. Likewise, the state’s biggest city Charlotte is also home to the Carolina Panthers (NFL) and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Furthermore, three cities (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) are home to Research Triangle Park (the largest research complex in the country).

Many Freedoms

While North Carolina has yet to legalize medical and recreational marijuana, the state is very lenient and has recently decriminalized the little green plant. Now, first-time offenders will not be imprisoned, and second offenders will only face charges of a misdemeanor (for possession of 0.5 ounces at maximum) and a potential fine of $200. Likewise, North Carolina has allowed patients with debilitating medical problems to use cannabis. Specifically, in 2014, Governor Pat McCrory approved the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act, to allow patients suffering from severe forms of the illness to receive hemp extracts with 5% CBD and less than 0.9% THC.

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