Charlotte Cannabis Companies Ready For The Future Of Legalized Marijuana

CHARLOTTE, NC – There is a shift in North Carolina towards legalizing marijuana in some form or another. North Carolina Democrats have introduced several bills and earlier this month a top republican leader sponsored a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

“This industry is wide open,” said Nicole Burnette.

She and Gail Syfert own Queen Hemp Company. They currently make CBD products like oils and lotions.

“We’re very busy making alliances and making sure we have our ducks in a row,” explained Burnette.

Queen Hemp plans to expand into a larger building.  They’re positioning themselves for not if, but when medicinal and recreational cannabis become legal.

“We’re certainly not behind. But there are things that should be put in place that North Carolina should be looking at now ahead of implementing any bill that might pass,” said Burnette.

“It goes further by creating a whole new industry for North Carolina that will help boost up our economy,” said NC House Member Terry Brown of Mecklenburg County.

Brown introduced a bill that would fully legalize cannabis. His bill focuses on making sure the potential tax revenue is reinvested into communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs.

“Making sure that we’re doing it the right way. We’re making sure that we’re expunging these records, we are reinvesting back into the community, and we’re treating it as a viable economic engine, which it will be,” said Brown.

Brown says the state stands to pull in about 650 million in tax revenue within seven years if legalization were to happen. He’s trying to gain support from republicans who oppose legalization by shining a light on the economic benefits.

“Our farmers here in North Carolina are going to be at a disadvantage compared to our neighbors up North in Virginia,” said Brown.

Hydroponic farmers like Burnette and Syfert are already making preparations to be in the best position possible.

“I don’t think North Carolina needs to recreate the wheel, we need to follow in those patterns and I think that is really what’s going to happen,” said Syfert.