North Carolina Senators Act On Revised Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

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North Carolina senators on Wednesday took action on a revised bill to legalize medical marijuana. An earlier version of the reform legislation cleared the same panel and another committee last month, but it was rereferred back to Judiciary earlier this month. Members accepted the revisions in the new version of the bill, setting it up for formal approval at a subsequent meeting. Under the proposal, sponsored by Rules Committee Chairman Bill Rabon (R), patients would be allowed to access cannabis if they have a “debilitating medical condition” such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. The committee substitute now allows patients with terminal illnesses and have six months to live, as well as those with conditions resulting in hospice care, to also qualify for cannabis. Rabon told fellow lawmakers that the overall new revisions are intended to “make sure that this will be the best bill of its kind” among state medical cannabis laws. Under the legislation, patients could possess up to one and a half ounces of cannabis, but home cultivation would not be permitted. The definition of what constitutes a “cannabis-infused” product was changed in the latest substitute version. Such products include “a tablet, a capsule, a concentrated liquid or viscous oil, a liquid suspension, a topical preparation, a transdermal preparation, a sublingual preparation, a gelatinous cube, gelatinous rectangular cuboid, lozenge in a cube or rectangular cuboid shape, a resin or wax.” Smoking and vaping would also be allowed, but doctors would need to prescribe a specific method of delivery and dosages for patients under the revised legislation. And they would need to reevaluate patients’ eligibility for the program at least once a year. The bill provides for up to 10 medical marijuana suppliers who control the cultivation and sale of cannabis. Each…

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