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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When most people think of pot, there is a negative connotation. But in Colorado, it’s proving to be a cash crop.

The state was the first to legalize the drug and started selling it in January. In one month marijuana brought more than $2 million in tax revenue.

So could it help cash-strapped north carolina? Area politicians do not think it has bright future along Tobacco Road, or at least its recreational use.

“It is going to take a real change of heart of the North Carolina people,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. “We tend to be overall… we don’t even have liquor by the drink in every county in North Carolina. We don’t even have Sunday hunting.”

Marijuana is taxed at nearly 13 percent in Colorado. From just the first month of sales alone, almost $200,000 will go back to schools around the state.

But some here do not think the added cash is enough to justify possibly greater societal affects.

“If you have a lot of people that are using marijuana that didn’t used to, how could that be positive?” Rep. Rick Catlin (R-20th District) said.

Other state lawmakers are exploring the use of medicinal marijuana. Rep. Pat McElraft (R-13th District) is filing a bill to legalize an oil extracted from the cannabis plant that she says would help kids who suffer seizures.

Although Rep. Ted Davis (r-19th District) says he does not support the legalization of pot, he said he is open to hearing about medical use.

“If it was for that purpose that would be the only purpose it would be used for and not for commercial use or personal pleasure,” Davis said.

So for now, it does not look like people in North Carolina will be using pot legally any time soon.

Rep. Frank Iler (R-17th District) also said he was not for legalizing marijuana.

Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) said she has co-sponsored the medical marijuana bill every year she has been in the House of Representatives.

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32 Comments on "NC lawmakers not high on legalizing marijuana for tax money"


Pheonix La'Jin
2015 years 9 months ago

Honestly I’m tired of thinking marijuana dont need to be legalized and its morally wrong..I’m your “pothead” and im weighing in..WE are normal everyday folks who choose to smoke something natural and helpful ALL because what everyone wants to believe. Its better then taking pills..watching childeren overdose on a pill thats in YOUR shelves.. rollin one lighting one is no less then your typical cigarettes. .but unlike cigarettes youdont want another joint til bed time..MOST cigarette smokers chain smoke..MY depression meds gave me the innability to care for a persons feelings..lack of emotions.THERE IS A STUDY PROVING THIS HAPPENS..NEXT STEPS FOR PEOPLE WAS MURDER. Watched it on the news days ago..JUST because u dont smoke it its not the devil.. its nothing like killing people but you are with your judgement and VIG PHARMA talk.BUT because of non-supporters VETERANS GO TO JAIL.. INNOCENT FOLKS WHO PARTAKE is thrown to illegality type living..cant get a decent job BECAUSE they have to smoke to control pain… bipolarity..insomnia….WHOS THE MONSTERS US OR YALL..WHO TRYIN TO KEEP THE PEACE..Just like tobacco. .alcohol perscription drugs there are responsible n irresponsible partakers..JUST KEEP IT OUT THE REACH OF KIDS N smoke responsibly.

John Irving
2015 years 9 months ago

It’s looks like the majority that are against it are Republicans.. Time to can all of these old boys… Time to grow up NC.. It’s about time we make some PROGRESS and stop being so damned CONservative.

Mike Parker
2015 years 9 months ago

North Carolinians need to stand together and let’s vote these old timer politicians out of office. If they are to ignorant to see how beneficial marijuana would be for our state then they need to go. Let’s not be the last state to get with times again. Marijuana has so many benefits that I can’t even say outweigh the bad cause there isn’t anything bad about marijuana. People are sick and need a miracle drug that doesn’t cause death like pain killers, benzos, and the list goes on. Marijuana is that miracle medicine that you can actually call medicine cause it actually helps instead of killing you slowly like a lot of pharmaceuticals.
Just legalize the plant that has been proven to have nothing but benefits and let’s get on with making this state some money, help a lot of people who sick have a better life, and lastly so the hell what if people use it for pleasure, what is wrong with using something that is completely harmless for fun?
Mike P

2015 years 9 months ago

From my understanding, Rep. Alexander is currently working on a bill/amendment to legalize cannabis at both the medical and recreational levels in NC and is hoping for it to be completed in time for this year’s May session in the NCGA. NOW is the time to educate everyone on the wonderful healing qualities of cannabis. Please visit nccpn.org for the most up to date info on medical cannabis in North Carolina.

Nicholas
2015 years 9 months ago

The people who want to keep cannabis illegal sound like the same people that think Obamacare is a good idea. Both believe it’s better THEIR way, but only because they are too ignorant to see the big picture. Sugar is a drug with no medical benefits, but you sure don’t see congress doing anything to fix that drug huh? I’ve never heard of cannabis causing cavities or diabetes or high blood sugar, have you? Matter of fact, have you heard of cannabis causing anything bad to happen, besides munchies, sleepiness and paranoia? I say eliminate the paranoia because that’s mainly experienced due to cannabis being illegal… the act of knowingly doing something illegal can be viewed as a stimulus to certain chemicals in the brain. Good thing our leaders keep cannabis illegal right? I feel much safer knowing that I can kill myself by eating sugar and kill myself by drinking alcohol, but not kill myself by smoking cannabis. Sounds crazy right, but it’s true. There are more deaths by consuming sugar than there are from smoking cannabis. New studies also support the fact that legalizing cannabis does not cause crime to increase nor does it make the roads any more hazardous. Turns out most the people already driving are F’ed up on pharma pills and alcohol, so legalizing cannabis did nothing as far as dampening someone’s driving skills.

 

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