nc-stampHB 185 – Legalize Medical Marijuana
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Kelly Alexander (D – Mecklenburg), Rep. Becky Carney (D – Mecklenburg), Rep. Pricey Harrison (D – Guilford), Rep. Rodney Moore (D – Mecklenburg)
SB 648 – Legalize Medical Marijuana
Primary Sponsors: Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D – Buncombe), Sen. Valerie Foushee (D – Orange)
This bill has been introduced for many consecutive legislative sessions.  It would allow for the production, distribution and regulation of marijuana for medicinal purposes.  Currently 28 states and the District of Columbia allow for such activities when prescribed by a doctor.
In previous years, the House Judiciary Committee has granted a committee hearing for advocates to voice their support or concern about legalizing medical marijuana in NC.  It is one of the rare instances where a bill has actually received an unfavorable recommendation in committee thereby blocking any chance of the bill coming up later in the legislative session.
NCMS has not supported the legalization of medical marijuana.