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Politics Monday: Marijuana Reforms Take Root As NC Panel Backs Decriminalization

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Elsa Olofsson

Voters in a half-dozen states, including some deeply red states, approved measures in November's election that legalized marijuana for either recreational or medical use. Thirty-six states now allow marijuana for medical use, and nearly a third of the population lives in states where marijuana use is legal.

The U.S. House followed suit with a landmark vote to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, although its fate is likely doomed in the U.S. Senate.

North Carolina appears unlikely to jump on the marijuana bandwagon any time soon, but there is talk of decriminalizing some marijuana possession. A task force looking at racial equity in criminal justice has recommended taking steps to decriminalize, and will present its recommendations to the governor Tuesday.


Josh Stein, North Carolina Attorney General, co-chair of the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice (@JoshStein_)

Mujtaba Mohammed, North Carolina Senate, District 38-Mecklenburg, task force member (@MMohammedNC)

Natalie Fertig, POLITICO, cannabis policy reporter (@natsfert)

Beau Kilmer, RAND, director of RAND's Drug Policy Research Center (@BeauKilmer)

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A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.