CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Cannabis conversations are picking back up between state lawmakers. They’re meeting this week to drum up a plan to make medical marijuana legal in North Carolina.
Meanwhile, inside a Charlotte CBD shop, business is booming.
“Less than 2000 square foot space, no parking and we have some incredible numbers for our first month in business,” said Michael Sims, part owner of Charlotte CBD.
CBD is a legal extract of the marijuana plant. It doesn’t make people feel high, but it’s widely purchased for medical benefits.
“What we're learning is people are now educated about these products and they're looking for more,” Sims told FOX 46. “The CBD is giving them relief, but they're realizing that the THC portion is missing in the relief they're looking for.”
North Carolina State Representative Kelly Alexander is leading the push for legalizing medical pot.
It's a personal project for him.
“I'm in the funeral business,” he told FOX 46, “and I have seen a lot of people go through needless suffering.”
Alexander wants to let each county decide on whether or not they want to legalize it for medical use, similar to the ABC liquor store system.
“We have used local options for counties to decide whether or not they wanted to be in the ABC system or not,” he said. “Using that kind of template applied to medical marijuana just seemed to make some sense,” Alexander added.
Some are skeptical with how that'd work.
“I think that would create a giant nightmare for, you know, when you're thinking about where pockets of legality would exist vs illegality,” said Scott Gunter who says he is indifferent about its legality.
Those in the hemp business are hopeful it will someday get legalized.
“Our opinion is very in favor,” Sims said. “We are looking for legalization, but we hope it happens in the right way.”
Some questions still remain such as what would happen to those already incarcerated for possession of marijuana if the drug is legalized.
Representative Kelly Alexander will meet with lawmakers this week to discuss reform. The earliest they could introduce legislation would be late January or early February.