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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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2016 years 2 months ago

I pretty sure that people didn’t want to take pills/HEROIN either…duhh!!!!

John Irving
2016 years 2 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.

2016 years 2 months ago

Legalizing marijuana will never ever happen in this state. This state (NC) is part of the bible belt and is ranked # 7 of the most ignorant states in the USA. WHy? Because our people still believe in gods. Of all the people in this country, 14% still believe in gods. Most people go to college and upon being educated, come to terms and figure this all out on there own. There is no such thing as gods. The dinosaurs did exist, and we evolved with all the other animals on this planet, from the same common ancestors. Not in… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Ok lawmakers, why cant we enjoy what GOD has put on this earth for good? To me, there is no logic behind making herb illegal. You can’t ban GODs creation. Jesus is on his way back SOON so please lawmakers, legalize marijuana so people can enjoy their life while they can instead of them being paranoid 2 hit uh blunt! I hope NC Lawmakers change their thoughts and be a blessing to others!

2016 years 2 months ago

I think this state has a bunch of idiots running bc people are going to continue doing pot wether its legal or not so y not make it easier on everyone and just legalize pot.

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