Why NC NORML Supports CBD Legislation

According to Liz Gorman at Hope for North Carolina Children with Epilepsy one out of every hundred children has medically refractory epilepsy. This means that medicines don’t work well, or at all, to control the seizures.

However it has been found that when isolated and increased, one of the chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant – Cannabidiol, or CBD for short – has an 80% success rate in treating the epileptic seizures. (In this case “success” means that there is at least a 50% reduction in the frequency of seizures.)

Since CNN’s documentary about the benefits of medical marijuana, there have been many phone calls to NORML of North Carolina by families with epileptic children asking what their options are. While the federal government refuses to allow any testing of marijuana, there are hundreds of anecdotal success stories that have compelled the news channel and the epilepsy foundation to strongly suggest it is time to have a rational look at the benefits of this non-toxic plant.

When families with epileptic children call NC NORML looking for more information about the life-giving tinctures, the ultimate question is “what are their cannabis options?”

There are two options. The first is the family can stay in North Carolina and choose a life of civil disobedience that values the health of the child over the laws of the state. The second option is to move to Colorado or some other state with medical marijuana laws that can provide a steady supply of high-CBD tinctures.

But the first option is not a real choice for these families. Their children don’t exist off the grid. They have blood drawn often by nurses that visit the children at home. By law Certified Nursing Assistants must report any illegal substances found in the child’s blood. Even if this cannabis-based medicine were to reach these North Carolina children safely, Child Protective Services would be contacted and forced to remove the child from the home. Thus presenting an unthinkable risk for the parents, despite the effectiveness of the cannabis in treating epilepsy.

So leaving North Carolina is the only real option. According to Liz, there are two North Carolina families that have already moved to Colorado to treat their child’s epilepsy. Five more are in the process of moving. They are all seeking a specific strain of marijuana that is high in cannabidiol developed and issued by the Colorado-based Realm of Caring Foundation.

Back in the Southern states though, medical marijuana hasn’t had much success. Despite three separate attempts to pass medical marijuana legislation in North Carolina, the bills have had short lives. Yet Rep. Kelly Alexander plans to submit another cannabis related bill during the 2014 short session.

As part of its mission, NORML works to remove all penalties associated with adult possession, cultivation and use of marijuana. But in North Carolina, we are realists too. Cannabis legislation is usually enacted incrementally. No state has gone directly from total criminalization of the plant to full recreational legality in one step. In each case some mild form of a medical marijuana bill has passed first.

Supporting the immediate needs of epileptic patients makes sense as there is a hierarchy of priorities. People in need of anti-seizure medicine go to the front of the line. People using the plant for cancer, pain, and other diseases are also treated as the highest priority. The rest who use the plant for its psychological healing properties will have to continue to do so covertly. Everyone’s time to smoke freely will come soon enough in North Carolina. The outcome is inevitable, but a function of how many people donate and volunteer with NC NORML.

If you don’t agree with the laws, NORML asks that you do your part to change them.
Please consider joining NC NORML today.

More links to Charlotte’s WBTV coverage of epileptic children in North Carolina responding well to CBD tinctures are listed below.

Feb 3rd – http://bit.ly/MTRVep — Major 1st piece. Charlotte’s Web.

Feb 4th — http://bit.ly/1lzwazM — Follow up with FB comments and Nicole Gross in CO (who’s from Huntersville).

Feb 6th — http://bit.ly/1fGPweV — Follow up in South Carolina with Fort Mill family.

Feb 18th — http://tinyurl.com/o7t5etw — National attention.

Feb 24th — http://bit.ly/1c31xi4 — Where NC/SC laws stand?

Feb 26th — http://bit.ly/1en7CFc — Wilmington family moving.

15 thoughts on “Why NC NORML Supports CBD Legislation

  1. Ethan

    Legalize marijuana. I meant come on get your heads out of the slow lane. Realize what it’s going to do for us. 1 bring the economy back.2 you Will have more peace.
    Look if you legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use then a lot of people will chill out. I’ll put it like this legalize it or not I and 2.3billion other people will still smoke and treat people.

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  2. Pingback: Why NC NORML Does NOT Support CBD-only Legislation | NORML of North Carolina – Official Blog

  3. timhill4u

    This is not true. Hemp oil refined CBD is shipping to all 50 states and is legal as the hemp oil in the grocery section.

    I believe now that NORML is only interested in psychoactive aspects if they are not on the side of getting these products into hands of those who want them.

    These are only my opinions after asking the president of one of the NORML groups to help me benchmark. Since then I have product in hand and results are mine. No medical claims needed if one is informed.

    I want people to help me inform others as brand ambassadors. Ask me how. #hempvap #CBDLife #buffetoflife

    Tim

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    1. Pete

      I didn’t know dietary hemp oil contains similar CBD content to the product families are uprooting their lives to go west? Please be so kind as to point me in the right direction to research.
      I am working on a small video for medical and recreational marijuana in NJ and this is news to me. If true, the Stanley brothers of Charlotte’s Web strain fame will be upset.

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      1. Pete

        I get it now and see no reason cannabis hemp would not provide CBD. The Bluebird people have an interesting proposition. I am sure to add this “find” to my questions. Wonder how well this particular product is received by the marketplace? Thank you for your response.

      2. NORML of North Carolina Post author

        Bluebird and other CBD-from-hemp businesses are riding a wave of CBD populism. CBD only tinctures do not benefit from the “entourage effect” and their effect is minimally anecdotal so far.

      3. Pete

        Understood. It’s a curious situation without going into a botany lesson. Although the hemp plant contains some THC content, why would it not have the “entourage effect?” In simple terms, not enough THC?

      4. Pete

        Ah, the wonder that is plant cannabis. Thanks for your good in formation and willingness to share.
        Maybe I should interview you so more might have a better understanding? I will be visiting with the head of NJ’s Coalition for MMJ soon, a retired nurse, and have added a CBD-from-hemp question.

      5. Pete

        Question: when CBD is manufactured from the hemp plant, the whole plant is used? How about when the CBD source is from a drug cannabis plant? From whole plant?

      6. Pete

        Question: when CBD is manufactured from the hemp plant, the whole plant is used? How about when the CBD source is from a drug cannabis plant? From whole plant?

        Kindly excuse the double post. I forgot to check auto alert.

  4. Pingback: Lawmakers Approve CBD Only Bill – HB1220 | NORML of North Carolina – Official Blog

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