Third North Carolina Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill

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Another North Carolina Senate committee has approved a bill to legalize marijuana, getting the measure one step closer to the floor. Members of the Senate Health Care Committee on Thursday advanced the legislation in a voice vote. This comes two days after the Judiciary Committee cleared the bill, which followed a meeting of the panel where members accepted changes. An earlier version of the reform legislation cleared Judiciary and the Finance Committee last month, but it was rereferred back to the former panel for this week’s revisions. The measure must still pass the Senate Rules and Operations Committee—which is chaired by bill sponsor Sen. Bill Rabon (R)—in order to reach the floor before potentially heading to the House of Representatives and then to the governor’s desk. “The reason that we’re doing this is to provide access to those who really need it,” Sen. Michael Lee (R), who presented the bill on Thursday, said before the vote. “This is not a legalization of cannabis. What this is is an availability of a particular product—you can call it a medicine, you can call it a remedy, you can call it whatever you want—but the folks that I’ve spoken to that have the debilitating conditions that are outlined in the bill really, really know it works for them, and improves their quality of life.” Under the proposal, 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 adopted earlier this week by Judiciary changes the list somewhat to allow 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. Patients could possess up to one and a half ounces…

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