ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Marijuana activists rallied in downtown Asheville on Monday hoping to spur change in the North Carolina laws regarding cannabis.

April 20, or 420 is recognized across the nation as the unofficial holiday to bring awareness to marijuana. Demonstrators in Asheville said they want the state to legalize it for medical use.

They’re also part of a campaign to free a Fletcher man, Todd Stimson, who was recently convicted of growing marijuana for medical use.

“These people are growing and providing medicine for peope that already almot half of the states in the country have put in place to regulate this dispensing of this necessary medicine,” activist J.J. Hicks said. “We need that here.”

Some supporters also want North Carolina to legalize marijuana for recreational use saying it could bring in millions in tax revenue.
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