Lawmakers Approve CBD Only Bill – HB1220

House and Senate lawmakers have approved legislation, House Bill 1220, exempting state-qualified patients from criminal prosecution if they possess a cannabis extract that contains more than 10 percent CBD and no more than 0.3 percent THC.

The bill awaits action from Republican Gov. Pat. McCrory, who has pledged to sign it.

UPDATE July 3, 2014
Today Pat McCrory signed into law the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act.

Only patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy who possess a recommendation from a neurologist and are registered with the Department of Health are allowed to possesses high CBD-extracts under the proposed program. The law does not provide for any legal in-state source of the product at this time.

House Bill 1220 also encourages specific state universities to carry out clinical trials using cannabidiol extracts. However, because cannabidiol is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, any state-sponsored clinical investigations of the cannabinoid must also receive approval from various federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration, Public Health Service, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The approval process for such trials typically takes several years.

North Carolina NORML sees the benefits and dangers of this bill’s passage. Despite this painfully small gain, we can’t let this minimal progress diminish our base’s enthusiasm for activism. It is important that all supporters of NORML’s mission continue the push towards full legalization of the plant.

3 thoughts on “Lawmakers Approve CBD Only Bill – HB1220

  1. Will

    I’m in NC and I have bi-polar and Autism. I’ve tried medications since I was 14 and now am about to turn 32. It’s the only thing that helps almost all of my symptoms. I had no choice for years to drink alcohol to even be able to be around people and even going to church I had to drink 2-4 beers to be in a room with all those people. I’m stuck in this state and I will not make it another 5 years like this. I cut myself. I feel like a horrible Christian from the things I’ve done to try and be a part of society. I can’t even afford marijuana if it was legal. Please pray for me, I’m not going to make it much longer. Life is too painful. My mind goes psychotic. Marijuana makes me content with life and I’m able to be around people. Without it I’m useless and I can’t serve God. It’s so sad. I’m going to hurt so many people when I die. I don’t want to get high, want these horrible symptoms to go away legally!! With marijuana I believe I can get off disability and lead a productive life 😦

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  2. Marty

    The governor, and legislature has done the absolute minimum they can, to avoid the accusation that they do not care about children at risk of dying from Dravet’s Syndrome. It’s sort of disgusting. All the other suffering people in NC are denied the use of even this completely not high inducing oil, simply because it is produced from cannabis.
    Personally, I’d like to see if it would help me with the pain caused by inflammation related to my arthritis. If only I had seizures to go along with arthritis, I could!
    I find it helpful to imagine how obviously evil, the legislators that have blocked medical cannabis will become, after it is well accepted in NC. They will not be able to claim ignorance, because they are continually told that cannabis is medically useful. It is completely obvious that their resistance to act is completely mean spirited.
    I personally plan on giving them hell about it. Particularly the death of my parents by cancer, which at the very least, marijuana would have made less painful.

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    1. laughatmypain

      It’s bad enough being disabled. Now people have to either suffer or become criminals as well. People don’t understand being put in that situation where something so natural and harmless that will take away so much pain mentally and physically is right in front of you but you can’t have relief without fear of prosecution and being thrown into the criminal world or continue to suffer needlessly. It’s ignorance from past propaganda and the “War on (non-taxed) Drugs.”

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