North Carolina has a chance to legalize medical marijuana in 2014 with the Medical Cannabis Act (House Bill 1161).
The bill would amend the state constitution and allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for qualifying patients with illnesses such as cancer, Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. If passed, medical marijuana patients and their caregivers would be allowed to possess and use marijuana based on a doctor’s guidance.
Similar bills have been introduced in the past. Despite overwhelming support, all potential medical marijuana legislation has been ignored or killed in the first committee hearing. Representative Alexander spoke to NC NORML last year and explained what the citizens must do to pass these bills. In short, North Carolinians must show up in growing numbers and vocalize their support for the bill to their Representatives.
If the Medical Cannabis Act passes, it would allow the citizens of North Carolina to vote for or against medical marijuana in the state in this coming November election. For the bill to pass, it must be approved by a three-fifths vote in both chambers before it can be placed on the ballot.
For this bill to have a chance, please contact your representative and senator and encourage each to support this bill. To change the laws in North Carolina, the members of the General Assembly must be reminded that a strong majority of citizens in this state support the legalization of medical marijuana.
If you do not agree with the laws, NC NORML asks that you do your part to change them.
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