by Stephanie Santostasi
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) —
Should marijuana be legal in North Carolina? Some local lawmakers believe the answer is yes.
“I’m very much in favor of decriminalizing marijuana,” said Representative John Ager.
“I don’t see anything happening really soon, but I think it’s great we’re having these discussions,” said Senator Terry Van Duyn.
Right now, more than three dozen states have approved marijuana for medicinal purposes. Ten states also allow it for recreational use.
Representative Ager believes, with the right amount of support, North Carolina could soon be added to those lists.
“I have a feeling that we may be able to pass medical marijuana with a few more Democrats, and there are I think Republicans that support that,” said Ager.
Discussions among all parties are already happening.
This week in Raleigh, a group of legislators has formed what it’s calling a ‘cannabis caucus,’ talking about plans to push for cannabis reform.
“I don’t think there’s as many problems as with alcohol or tobacco, and we have a history of trying to manage those two as well,” Ager said.
Representative Ager and Senator Terry Van Duyn hope these discussions continue.
They both say their constituents are energetic about the possibility of any type of legalization passing.
“Mostly we were talking about medical marijuana, but I’m happy to keep hearing from people. I want to be representative of what my constituents are thinking,” said Van Duyn.
“I haven’t heard from anybody that’s against it. I’m sure there are people out there that worry about it. I only hear from people that think the time has come to change our laws on cannabis,” said Ager.
We reached out to Republican Representative Chuck McGrady about this marijuana debate.
He wasn’t ready to comment on it, calling the discussion premature at this point.