Libertarian Senate candidate Mike Beitler is scheduled to address a rally Saturday in Raleigh that is lobbying for legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, according to organizers.
The N.C. Cannabis Patients Network is planning a rally at 10 a.m. on Halifax Mall to push for use of marijuana to help relieve pain. Some 17 states now allow it, and a bill has previously been introduced in the legislature.
The N.C. Cannabis Patients Network has endorsed Beitler, a business professor in Greensboro.
“We must decriminalize marijuana,” Beitler said in a statement on his website. “The war on marijuana has wasted billions of dollars and destroyed the lives of many young people.
“Keeping marijuana illegal tragically keeps profits high for drug cartels,” Beitler added. “Our current drug policy is bankrupting the government, overcrowding our prisons, and rewarding drug cartels with big profits.”