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NC bills would legalize possessing up to 4 ounces of marijuana for personal use

A Forsyth County legislator is sponsoring a Senate bill that would make it legal to possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use.

Senate Bill 791, and companion House Bill 994, would allow for an increase from the current limit of one-half of an ounce to four ounces before the amount qualifies as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Sen. Paul Lowe (D-Forsyth), the bill’s primary sponsor, said he introduced the bill in an effort “to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. This is heading in the right direction.”


New bill would allow North Carolinians to possess up to 4 ounces of marijuana

The Tar Heel State could be one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana.

That's the goal of a new House Bill, which was filed this week and was just sent to a committee for review. If this bill is voted on and approved, having four ounces or less of marijuana would be OK.

The bill's sponsor is a longtime proponent of legalizing marijuana. Rep. Kelly Alexander says making small amounts of marijuana legal to carry is a step in the right direction.

"Over the last four years, maybe five, the population has become much more accepting us changing our laws," Rep. Alexander said earlier in the year.

And according to an Elon University survey, 80 percent of those asked approve of the legalization of marijuana for medical use.


A powerful Republican Senator hints that Congress may discuss nationwide marijuana legalization this year

Sen. Thom Tillis, a powerful Republican from North Carolina, suggested in a letter shared with Business Insider that the Senate Judiciary Committee is "likely" to discuss marijuana legalization this year.

The letter was addressed to Rod Kight, a North Carolina lawyer who works with companies in the cannabis industry. 


You can now 'snort' weed using this Cannabis nasal spray

When listing off drugs you can snort up your nose, marijuana usually doesn’t make the list. But with cannabinoid-spiked nasal sprays, that’s now possible, though it might not be any different than smoking.

Homemade cannabis nasal sprays have existed on the fringes of the medical weed market for years now, but a Colorado company recently released a commercial version. Verra Wellness’s “nasal mist” comes in three ratios: 10:1 THC to CBD, 1:1, and 1:100.

According to the company’s marketing material, spraying the mist up your nose allows for “increased bioavailability,” of the cannabinoids. But an expert I spoke to said there’s not much science to back up these kinds of claims.


Cannabis studies overestimate the drug's benefits because participants know they are 'high', expert says

Some cannabis studies may overstate the substance's benefits because participants know when they are 'high', one scientist argues. Countless studies have shown that active cannabinoids can effectively treat everything from chronic pain to depression and PTSD - at least according to high people.

Most cannabis studies are double-blind trials, meaning that neither researchers nor participants know which of two groups got a sample containing active cannabinoids, and which got an otherwise identical, inactive substance.

But when feeling 'high' tips off participants in studies using THC - the cannabis chemical the creates that euphoric feeling - the results become skewed, argues one Duke University medical professor. Medical marijuana is now legal 29 states in the US. 


Could bill to expand medical research of marijuana hurt NC's pilot hemp program?

One of North Carolina's two U.S. senators has joined the call for expansion of research into the medical benefits of marijuana.

Sen. Thom Tllis (R-N.C.) is co-sponsoring a bill that would reclassify a derivative of the plant -- CBD. Tillis said that would remove unnecessary barriers to studying the potential benefits and risks.

"Cannabidiol is currently a controlled substance," Tillis said in a statement. "This bill would reassess that categorization and expand research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana components."

But not everyone is pleased with the bill.

Several local farmers have joined North Carolina's industrial hemp pilot program. They believe the Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act is nothing more than bad medicine.


80 Percent of North Carolinians Want Medical Marijuana Legalized, Poll Says

North Carolinians overwhelmingly want to see medical marijuana legalized, according to a new Elon University poll

Twenty-nine states have signed off on the medical use of marijuana, and a majority of North Carolina voters polled say they want their state to become the 30th – 80 percent say they approve of legalizing it. Seventeen percent of those polled opposed legalization.

Democrats and independent voters were the most likely to support medical marijuana legalization, with 83 percent approval. Republicans weren’t that far behind, with 73 percent approval.


States Push Marijuana Legalization Bills Despite Opposition from the Federal Government

Lawmakers in about two dozen states have proposed bills this year to ease their marijuana laws despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' warning that he could crack down on pot, a major change from the Obama administration, which essentially turned a blind eye to the state legislation.

Bills have been introduced in 17 states this year to make recreational pot legal for adults, while five others are considering voter referendums on the issue. Sixteen states have introduced medical marijuana legislation, 10 are considering decriminalizing the drug and three are considering easing their penalties. An effort in Wyoming to decriminalize the drug failed this session.


Benefits of Cannabis Showcased Through Wilmington Virtual Reality Company

A Wilmington business will soon launch a 360 degree platform educating and entertaining the cannabis community. It’s called Cannabis Virtual Reality Network or CVRN.

Founder Matt Dula spent five years in the Marine Corps. He was diagnosed with PTSD shortly after leaving. He said doctors wanted to treat the problem with prescription pill.

“I knew there was a better way,” Dula said. “There has to be a better process than be on prescription pills for the rest of my life at 25 years old.”

He turned to cannabis as an alternative treatment.


Leading the Fight to Give Veterans Access to Cannabis

Lawyer Brandon L. Wyatt wants military veterans with PTSD to have the right to use medical cannabis.

When lawyer Brandon L. Wyatt steps into a courtroom, he’s not only representing military veterans battling for housing, benefits, and the right to use medical cannabis — he’s representing himself as well.

Wyatt was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a city built almost entirely to support Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the world by population. He says the locals have a nickname for his hometown: Fayettenam.


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