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What are the odds of HB 1380 (Medical Marijuana Act) being passed in North Carolina?

Ken Little
StarNews

N.C. Rep. Earl Jones (D-Guilford), the primary sponsor of the proposed measure to legalize marijuana use to alleviate certain medical conditions, says eventual passage of the bill is no pipe dream. But it won’t be happening soon.

Passage is not likely during the current General Assembly session. A process of educating fellow lawmakers and the public about the benefits of medical marijuana must be accomplished first, Jones says. “I feel confident there will be some positive movement on the part of the legislature in the next couple years,” he says. “I feel optimistic about the prospects of it passing next year or the following year.”

The bill would allow people with debilitating medical conditions and qualified caregivers to possess an “adequate supply” of the drug. Jones says the state would benefit from revenues derived from sale of the controlled substance, but more importantly, those who suffer from diseases such as cancer and glaucoma will be able to use marijuana to ease their pain.  Other medical conditions covered under the bill include positive status for HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, severe migraines and rheumatoid arthritis.

Jones proposes two separate options to legalize medical marijuana. One involves passage of the law by the General Assembly, and the other would set up a public referendum to decide the issue. “My colleagues in the legislature are a little more positive about the benefits of medical marijuana,” Jones says.

Thirteen states have laws in place to allow marijuana use by patients to treat illness without the possibility of punishment, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Possession of marijuana remains prohibited by federal law.

To see a copy of the bill, go to http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions…L/H1380v0.html

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5 Responses to “ What are the odds of HB 1380 (Medical Marijuana Act) being passed in North Carolina?”

  1. On July 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm zrekhs wrote:

    How will they grow the plants, will that be legal too? I think that North Carolina should embrace this if they can grow the crops to supply the demand created by this bill. It could be a great asset to the economy. I think legalizing marijuana would get rid of this part of the illegal drug trade as an added benefit.

  2. On August 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm Paula Harper wrote:

    what happens next if the Bill 1380 passes on December 1, 2009

  3. On March 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm Jason wrote:

    The bill got pushed off into committee. Hopefully it will be re-introduced, or someone else will submit their own.

    I think the legislature in NC is just gunshy about such a bold bill. If the legislators only knew more than half their constituents are ALL FOR LEGALIZATION it would be pushed right through.

    Tell your NC representatives and state senators know how you feel. They will listen and if they don’t vote in someone that will. If everyone did that…..odds would be pretty friggin good it becomes law within 2 years.

  4. On February 2, 2011 at 3:26 am painless withoutarrest wrote:

    i was stricken with degenetive spinal dease in 2004, this is the worst thing i,ve ever had to endore, the pain is undescrible. i,ve wanted to walk in front of a truck, like right now, the only thing that helps me at all is very stronge weed, some reason it goes directly to the pain source, wheather its a miagraine or it fills like someone is pulling my spine right out of my back like right NOW ! MY DOC SAYS I CANT SMOKE AND RECEIVE PAIN MED SO I HAD TO GIVE UP SMOKING. PLEASE IF YOU HAVE COMMON RESPECT FOR LIFE,SOMEONE IN CONSTANT AND SEVER PAIN, PLEASE HELP THIS BILL PASS, PLEASE I DONT WANT TO EVER LOSS MY FREEDOM JUST FOR TRYING TO STOP THIS PAIN IN MY SPINE, HIPS, NECK, LEGS, FEET HEAD, ARMS, THE NERVES INBETWEEN ALL MY BLOWN DISC, ALL FROM T-1 TO C-7 AND ALL OF MY LUMBAR REGION IS GOT KNOTS THE SIZE OF GOLF BALLS ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND LEFT FROM SWELLING, AND ON TOP OF ALL THIS MY NECK IS TURN BACKWARDS, HAPPENED IN 1991 BEEN LIVING WITH THIS FIRST.I CANT SLEEP, THE PAIN WANT STOP. PLEASE, PLEASE HELP, THE MEDS THAT ARE PERSCRIBED LEGALY ARE KILLING ME, AND CHANGE MY ATATUDE TO THE WORST, SHORT TEMPERED, I CAN FILL THE DIFFERENCE SENCE I,VE BEEN ON THEM FOR 7 YEARS,I DONT DRINK, BUT WAS ALMOST KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER AT 17, I,VE NEVER HAD AN ACCIDENT WHEN SMOKING MY MEDICINE. THANK YOU FOR ANYTHING, IN YOUR POWER THAT YOU,RE ABLE TO DO, AND WHAT YOU CANT DO, YOU CANT DO. AND LOOK YOU KNOW THE WORST THING WOULD BE A LOT OFPAIN FREE NICE AND HAPPY PEOPLE SIGNED VOTER

  5. On June 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm CAN'T STOP CRYING! wrote:

    When I read the last post from “Painless withoutarrest” I just began to CRY for him, I’m in pain myself, and I know others who are in pain like his, but YOU DON’T KNOW IT UNLESS YOU FEEL IT!

    We’ve got to become a more compassionate Nation, not letting people who are GOOD PEOPLE, live, and that’s it “live” not QUALITY OF LIFE. They’re being reduced to just human beings, with NO quality to even wanting to go on!
    PLEASE -OTHERS, THERE ARE “NON-SMOKERS” FOR LEGALIZING as well as creating places in jails for those who do REAL crimes. Looking for a cure for your pain, depression, anxiety, IS NOT A CRIME!
    -Signed, STANDING UP FOR AMERICA because as a person who also CANNOT SMOKE for fear of losing the horrid things narcotics ‘reduce” the pain I have, I still need them to just.. simply bathe. And that is very sad when a person has to CRY when they look at a bottle of pills when they HATE them, but have NO OTHER CHOICE.
    -Crying, out to our Government.



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