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Sep 11, 2023

Cherokee tribal voters back adult marijuana use

CHEROKEE — Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have backed overwhelmingly the adult use of marijuana on their tribal land, even as they await the opening of a dispensary for those who seek it for medicinal use. Unofficial results show that 70% of voters said “yes” Thursday in a referendum that opens the […]

Jul 19, 2023

Western North Carolina tribe to vote on broader legalization of adult use of marijuana

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will vote in September on whether they want to legalize marijuana possession and sales on tribal lands for anyone 21 and older. The Tribal Council agreed last week to place the question of broader use on the ballot during its Sept. 7 general election. The federally recognized tribe in 2021 decriminalized possession of small am[...]

Jul 12, 2023

North Carolina medical marijuana bill likely dead for this year, House speaker says

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes in North Carolina is probably dead for the rest of this year’s General Assembly session, House Speaker Tim Moore said Tuesday, citing opposition by many fellow Republicans in his chamber. A bill that would lay out the structure for patients with serious […]

May 31, 2023

North Carolina senator pushing medical marijuana bill describes smoking pot during cancer fight

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly’s chief advocate for legalizing medical marijuana in the state revealed publicly on Tuesday how he smoked pot over 20 years ago to withstand discomforts of intense chemotherapy during a fight with cancer. Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County has been working for years on a measure […]

Nov 20, 2020

Decriminalize small amounts of pot in N.C., panel says

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A task force that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper created to address and eliminate racial disparities in North Carolina’s criminal justice and court systems recommended on Wednesday that legislators decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. A majority of the panel of judges and attorneys, law enforcement officers, elected officials and […]

Dec 11, 2019

Virginia legal landscape shifts as cannabis support grows

By JEFF RAINES and MORGAN EDWARDS Capital News Service RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “We do grams, eighths, quarters, half ounces, pounds, wholesale pounds — however you want it,” Jacob Stretch said, standing between crates of dried hemp in his living room that doubles as his hemp processing and drying facility. Stretch, owner of Chesapeake Blue, […]

Nov 4, 2019

Police: Pot-laced candy was likely bound for college parties

Police in North Carolina say they’ve seized about 200 pot-laced pieces of candy. Greenville police said the candy was likely intended to be sold at college parties and not handed out to children. The Greenville Daily Reflector reported Thursday that police had seized a bunch of Nerds Rope. The gummy candy had been infused with […]

Jun 26, 2019

Marijuana use and federal immigration consequences: USCIS policy update

By MELISSA AZALLION The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued policy guidance in its policy manual, which states that violating a federal controlled substance law, including marijuana use, remains a conditional bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization purposes, regardless of state law. Federal law classifies marijuana as a “Schedule I” controlled substanc[...]

Apr 3, 2019

Emerging hemp industry a fertile ground for lawyers

  North Carolina’s burgeoning hemp industry has created a growing area of law practice that didn’t even exist until a couple of years ago, and the field is poised to expand even more if the state legislature approves a proposed law that would create a new commission to oversee hemp’s cultivation and sales under new […]

Mar 7, 2019

Lawyer’s error was reasonable, COA rules

A Mecklenburg County man convicted of selling marijuana did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel even though his attorney mistakenly waived his right to receive proper notice that prosecutors planned to raise an aggravating factor during his sentencing, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled. In a unanimous Feb. 19 opinion, the court held […]

May 11, 2018

Criminal Practice – Marijuana Possession – Intent to Sell – Amount Plus Cash & Loaded Gun

We affirm the holding of the Court of Appeals (Defendant was found (1) in possession of illegal drugs on high school grounds where he was not a student, (2) in possession of “unsellable” remnant marijuana in two larger bags near a “dime bag” of “sellable” marijuana, (3) driving a vehicle owned by someone who had […]

May 3, 2018

Criminal Practice – Manufacturing Marijuana – Preparation – Insufficient Indictment

G.S. § 90-87(15) excludes from the definition of “manufacture” “the preparation or compounding of a controlled substance by an individual for his own use.” Therefore, an indictment which alleges the manufacture of marijuana by preparation must also allege an intent to distribute. Where defendant’s indictment alleged (and the jury was instructed accordingly) that he manufactured [&hellip[...]

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