Locals split on recreational marijuana legalization


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The state of Colorado has turned hash into cash and the success of recreational marijuana use is sparking a conversation locally on whether the Tar Heel state should dive into the budding industry.

“It could be great,” said Carlos Ciezar.

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“I’m not too big of a fan of it,” said Thomas Lewis. “I think the legalization in Colorado went fine, but coming to this state I don’t think it would be a good idea.”

Under federal law it is illegal to buy, use, sell, or grow marijuana, but that isn’t stopping North Carolina Republican Pat McElraft, who represents Carteret and Jones Counties, from filing a bill that would legalize oil extracted from part of the cannabis plant that she says would help kids who suffer from seizures.

“I remember my grandma used to prepare tea from marijuana for my lungs and since then I have always looked at it as just a plant,” Ciezar.

As the state of North Carolina searches for ways to generate tax dollars some point to the cash crop that helped Colorado rake in $3.5 million dollars in tax revenues in January alone.

“It’s going to take a real change of heart of the North Carolina people,” said Sen. Thom Goolsby. “We don’t even have liquor by the drink in every county in North Carolina. We don’t even have Sunday hunting.”

“A lot of people are doing it around the world,” said Ciezar. “I think it could be great if something big happened for a change because that way everybody could make more money!”
Currently twenty states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.