North Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads To Senate Floor Following Committee Vote

North Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Heads To Senate Floor Following Committee Vote
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A bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina is heading to the Senate floor following a key committee vote on Wednesday. The legislation, which already passed through three panels late last year, was approved by the Senate Rules and Operations Committee in a voice vote. Sen. Bill Rabon (R), who chairs the panel, is also the sponsor of the measure, titled the NC Compassionate Care Act. “It is my opinion that no state has done it as well as we are attempting to do it,” Rabon told colleagues before the committee vote. He called the bill the “tightest, best-written” cannabis legislation in any state, saying that he studied other programs across the country to see “what they did wrong.” “It is nothing more than trying to help people with the care that they need and augment their treatments as decided upon by a patient and by a physician,” Rabon said. Before the vote to send the legislation to the floor, members discussed a possible future amendment to the bill that would make it so the 10 licensed medical marijuana suppliers that would be permitted could each operate up to eight dispensaries, rather than four as currently allowed. Floor action is expected as soon as Thursday. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R) recently told reporters that he intends to vote for the bill. Here’s what the NC Compassionate Care Act as amended throughout the committee process would accomplish:  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 in in August by the Senate Judiciary Committee changed the list somewhat to allow patients with terminal illnesses and have six months to live, as well as those with conditions…

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