The rumblings of the legalization movement in North Carolina are getting louder. State representative Kelly Alexander told local TV channel WNCT9 that he will be meeting with other elected officials to talk about potential cannabis bills for 2019. Alexander said that he thinks such a move is overdue.

“It’s time now for the legislators in North Carolina to catch up with the people,” he commented. Alexander also mentioned interest in locally-based change, describing a potential county by county system that echoes the state’s current infrastructure when it comes to the availability of alcohol.

“We have dry counties,” explained the Democratic state representative, who comes from a family of NAACP chairs and civil rights activists. “We have wet counties. We have portions of counties that may be wet, and the rest of them are dry. All of those are driven by local option decisions.”

His statements reflect a growing sense that the state’s residents are ready for cannabis to take on an entirely different role in society. Last year, an Elon University poll found that 80 percent of the state’s population favors a plan to legalize medicinal marijuana. 45 percent of respondents said that they support the legalization of recreational cannabis.

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