Many states are turning to cannabis to boost the economy and repair the damage caused by the war on drugs and COVID-19, but we would like North Carolina, one of the most progressive states in the country, to follow the example of the emerging sector of cannabis. That is why the governor used Executive Order 145 this summer to convene a working group to address the problems of minorities who face daily discrimination within the legal system. The task force was originally set up by Governor Roy Cooper, who knows that the South now faces two problems in light of the 2020 events: racial tensions and economic hardship.
The recommendations touch on several ideas, including decriminalizing cannabis possession and have the added benefit of giving a serious boost to the economy.
For those who own just one ounce (to be precise), it would contribute to the state's $1.5 billion in annual tax revenue. It could also pave the way for a legal industry in the future, and potentially even more tax revenue for local businesses.
Unlike most of the South, the state is far from legalizing cannabis or discussing legalization, but the tide is slowly turning, and many states along the Northeast Coast are already in favor. Currently, North Carolina allows CBD for medical use (in some cases) and really has little to do with restrictions on its use for recreational use.