North Carolina Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill To House, But Questions Loom About Further Action This Year

North Carolina Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill To House, But Questions Loom About Further Action This Year
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The North Carolina Senate on Monday gave its final approval to a bill to legalize medical marijuana on Monday, sending it to the House of Representatives, where its prospects are in doubt. Days after giving the bill from Sen. Bill Rabon (R) initial approval on second reading, the full Senate passed the NC Compassionate Care Act in a 37-6 third reading vote. The legislation moved through four committees before finally reaching the floor this month. Now all eyes are turned to the House, where its chances of passage as drafted are in question based on recent comments from leadership in that chamber. House Speaker Tim Moore (R) told WRAL last week that “there are a lot of concerns with this bill right now.” “I think it’s something that’s going to really require further study,” he said, echoing comments he has made in recent weeks about not wanting to take up the measure until next session. “The Senate brought this bill quickly to the floor. This is one of the more controversial subjects in our in our state and in our nation.” The comment about the expediency of the Senate’s approach to this legislation is questionable, as it received ample committee consideration going back to July 2021. “I, like many, do recognize there are some medical conditions where, you know, the data is out there and this can be helpful in certain limited instances,” Moore said, citing the passage of a bill providing limited access to CBD for patients with conditions such as epilepsy. “But I think when you take that next leap into actual medical marijuana, there are a host of other issues there,” he continued. “The biggest concern is the abuse of it, how easy is it for someone to get ‘diagnosed and prescribed’ this as a medication, and…

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