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RALEIGH – A bill that would legalize medical marijuana was filed in the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday.

House Bill 185, “an act establishing the North Carolina Cannabis Act,” was introduced by House Democrats representing Mecklenburg and Guilford counties.

The issue of legalizing marijuana came up in three House Bills in the 2015-16 session. H78 would have enacted a Medical Cannabis Act, H317 would have legalized medical marijuana for terminally ill patients and H983 would have legalized and taxed all medical marijuana.

All three bills died in committee and furthermore, H78 was issued an “unfavorable report” in committee on March 25, 2015, which blocked the House from considering bills with those components for two years.

Several states have already legalized medical marijuana in one form or another with eight states already having legalized recreational marijuana and several more having decriminalized simple possession in differing forms.

In North Carolina, only half-an-ounce of marijuana or less is decriminalized.

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To say that possession of 1/2 ounce or less is decriminalized is to tell only half the story. The possession law is enforced much more stringently against minorities and those who are convicted will have a misdemeanor record.

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