CANNABIS REFORM: "It's about the health and well-being of North Carolinians," Rep. says

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It was August’s Medical Cannabis Town Hall in Charlotte that convinced Rep. Kelly Alexander to start the North Carolina General Assembly’s cannabis caucus. The group of legislators was supposed to meet Monday, but no one showed, according to a report by Carolina Cannabis News

The publication reports that Alexander isn’t bothered by the no-shows at all. “There is a lot happening via email,” he explained to Carolina Cannabis News, adding that he set the meeting schedule several weeks ago and since then several other meetings were scheduled that conflicted with the caucus meeting.

“I’ve been on the phone with several members today,” said Alexander, who also noted that Democrats in the General Assembly widely support cannabis reform. He decided not to cancel the meeting because, he said, of worries that some legislators might not receive the message.

Rep. John Autry (D-Dist. 100, Mecklenburg) said on Sunday that he hoped to attend but didn’t think he would be able to do so. He co-sponsored Alexander’s last cannabis bill, HB 994, titled simply “Revise Marijuana Laws.”

“The town hall conducted in Charlotte by Rep. Alexander provided me with an opportunity to network with advocates and reaffirm my support for medical marijuana,” wrote Autry via email.

Asked why he supports cannabis reform, Autry responded, “It’s about the health and well-being of North Carolinians.”

Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Dist. 57, Guilford) also co-sponsored HB 994. She, too, wanted to attend but had other obligations. “I hope to sponsor legislation on medical cannabis next year with Alexander. I have been working on this for 14 years,” she wrote in an email.

Carolina Cannabis News twice asked the N.C. GOP to comment on the formation of the caucus. No one responded.

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