What's Up in North Carolina?

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis is illegal. Patients with intractable epilepsy are allowed to use CBD oil, but beyond that medical cannabis is illegal.

WHERE DO NORTH CAROLINA’S SENATORS STAND?

Sen. Richard Burr - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Saidmedical marijuana has no real intrinsic values that you can’t get through other things.” He added that the federal government should enforce its marijuana laws. (2010)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

Sen. Thom Tillis - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Bill of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the MEDS Act, which would remove barriers to medical cannabis research. 
  • Cosponsored the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of CBD. (2015)
  • Quote: “For me, it is crucial that we continue to educate ourselves on all the short-term and long-term consequences of marijuana use before we consider unrestricted legalization of the drug.” (2018)
  • A spokesperson for Sen. Tillis told Vice: “Senator Tillis is opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana at the federal level, but he supports efforts to remove regulatory roadblocks that place unnecessary limits on legitimate research into medical marijuana and derivatives, which includes the potential health benefits, interactions with other prescription medications, and appropriate dosage.” (2018)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

WHERE DO NORTH CAROLINA’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND?

Rep. G.K. Butterfield Jr. (NC-1) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Cosponsors the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Granville, Durham (partial), Vance, Warren, Halifax, Hertford, Gates, Bertie, Washington, Martin (partial), Pitt (partial), Edgecombe, Wilson (partial)

 

Rep. George Holding (NC-2) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Harnett, Wake (partial), Johnston (partial), Franklin, Nash, Wilson (partial)

 

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (NC-3) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the REFER Act of 2018, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state cannabis policy and allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the CARERS Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, end the federal prohibition of CBD, and allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Cosponsors the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Cosponsors the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of CBD.
  • Cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which would have ended the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a B+ grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Currituck, Camden, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Dare, Tyrrell, Hyde, Beaufort, Pitt (partial), Pamlico, Carteret, Jones, Onslow, Lenoir, Greene, Craven

 

Rep. David Price (NC-4) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Orange, Durham (partial), Wake (partial)

 

Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-5) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Avery, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Alexander, Catawba (partial), Surry, Yadkin, Forsyth, Stokes

 

Rep. Mark Walker (NC-6) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Pearson, Caswell, Rockingham, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Randolph, Guilford (partial)

 

Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Brunswick, New Hanover, Columbus, Bladen (partial), Pender, Duplin, Sampson, Wayne, Johnston (partial),

 

Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 8th district covers the following counties:

Rowan (partial), Cabarrus, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, Hoke, Cumberland (partial)

 

Rep. Mark Harris (NC-9) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told Vote Smart he opposes the legalization of marijuana. (2018)
  • Told the North Carolina family policy council he opposes marijuana legalization. (2014)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

North Carolina’s 9th district covers the following counties:

Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, Mecklenburg (partial), Cumberland (partial), Bladen (partial)

 

Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 10th district covers the following counties:

Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk, Rutherford, Catawba (partial), Iredell (partial), Buncombe (partial)

 

Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told a reporter that the House Freedom Caucus (of which he is a member) has no problems with a provision that would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp. (2018)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 11th district covers the following counties:

Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Buncombe (partial), McDowell, Burke, Caldwell, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison

Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

North Carolina’s 12th district covers the following counties:

Mecklenburg (partial)

 

Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Rep. Budd has not declared his support for any cannabis policy legislation.

North Carolina’s 13th district covers the following counties:

Person, Caswell, Wake (partial), Rockingham (partial), Granville (partial), Guilford (partial), and Alamance (partial).

WHERE DOES NORTH CAROLINA'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Roy Cooper- D

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  • Told a local news outlet he doesn’t believe the time is right to legalize cannabis. (2018)

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