New bill could radically change North Carolina's marijuana laws

- A North Carolina lawmaker is looking to radically revise the state's marijuana laws.

Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr. (NC-107), a democrat, introduced H.B. 944 this week that, if passed, would "increase the amount of marijuana that may be legally possessed for personal use."

If H.B. 944 passes, there would be no penalty for up to four ounces of marijuana. Anyone in possession of more than four ounces would receive a Class 1 misdemeanor. Currently, possession of 1.5 ounces of marijuana is a Class 3 misdemeanor. Similarly, the amount punishable as a Class 1 felony would increase from 1.5 ounces to sixteen (16) ounces.

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The bill would also allow for anyone convicted of prior possession of less than four ounces to simply petition the court and pay a $100 filing fee to have the conviction expunged.

A 2017 Elon Poll showed 80 percent of North Carolina voters are in favor of medical marijuana.

To learn more about H.B. 944, click here.

An online petition has been started to decriminalize marijuana in North Carolina. To learn more, click here

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