North Carolina Senate Panel Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

The bipartisan bill was filed on January 25th

A North Carolina legislative committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. The measure, known as the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act (Senate Bill 3), was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with little debate among senators, according to media reports.

The bipartisan bill was filed on January 25 with sponsorship from Republican Sens. Bill Rabon and Michael Lee and their Democratic colleague Sen. Paul Lowe. If passed, the bill would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis for patients with one or more specified qualifying serious medical conditions such as cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder and others. Unlike the more comprehensive medical marijuana programs in many other states, however, the bill does not authorize the use of medical marijuana by patients living with chronic pain.

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