STATESVILLE – Kirk Sherrill is considering putting a cannabis leaf on his campaign signs.

Sherrill, a Statesville Republican who owns Kirklands Photography Portrait Studio in Mooresville, is running against Iredell County Commissioner Frank Mitchell and Clerk of Court Rena Turner for the District 84 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives. The seat represents the northern part of the county.

All three are running as Republicans, but Sherrill is the only one campaigning to increase access to marijuana, specifically allowing veterans to use the drug medically to cope with pain.

“We’re treating veterans like criminals,” Sherrill said. “A veteran defends his country for 10 years, comes home with a leg blown off and he’s treated like a criminal? Somebody needs to stand up for him.”

Sherrill believes that veterans who may be accustomed to using medical marijuana for years in other states shouldn’t lose their health benefits when they move to North Carolina, a state that doesn’t allow the drug.

He points to a federal directive issued last year by the Department of Veterans Affairs that supports his claims. He believes veterans shouldn’t be forced to take prescription medication with potentially harmful side effects when there’s a safer alternative.

Aside from cannibus, Sherrill would like to help bolster the state’s education system and economy.

Details: http://kirksherrill2012.webs.com.

Allen earns McHenry’s support

MOORESVILLE – U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry is endorsing Mooresville resident Charlton Allen for the District 95 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives, Allen announced Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“In 2010, under Charlton’s leadership as Chairman of the Iredell County Republican Party, voters elected a full slate of Republican elected officials in Iredell County for the first time,” McHenry said in a statement released by Allen. “I am certain that Charlton will take that same visionary leadership to the General Assembly and that is why I am proud to offer him my full support.”

Allen filed for the District 95 seat on Monday, Feb. 13. The seat, which represents southern Iredell County, held by Rep. Grey Mills, whom will not seek re-election.

Allen is running against fellow Republican and Mooresville resident Marc Gregory Fasano.