Medical Cannabis Bill Reintroduced in North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a proposal to legalize medical cannabis for 11 qualifying conditions and for end-of-life and palliative care.

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A medical cannabis bill has been reintroduced in North Carolina that would cover 11 conditions in addition to end-of-life and palliative care, WRAL reports. The bill would also establish a Compassionate Use Advisory Board that could add more conditions to the state’s medical cannabis qualifying list.

The legislation would allow patients with cancer, epilepsy, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, sickle cell anemia, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe or persistent nausea in a person who is not pregnant that is related to end-of-life or hospice care, or who is bedridden or homebound because of a condition, terminal illness when the patient’s remaining life expectancy is less than six months, and conditions resulting in the individual receiving hospice care, according to the bill text.

A PTSD qualification would be “subject to evidence that an applicant experienced one or more traumatic events.” And acceptable evidence would include “proof of military service in an active combat zone, that the person was the victim of a violent or sexual crime, or that the person was a first responder.” The bill notes that “details of the trauma shall not be required.”

The measure would allow cannabis flower, vaping, and edibles.

The bill was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month and, if voted favorably by the committee, it would move next to the chamber’s Finance Committee. If approved by the Finance Committee, it would be heard by the Senate Rules and Operations Committee.

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