North Carolina Senate Approves Medical Pot Bill

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Senate approved a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be used in the state. The bill, known as the “Medical Cannabis Act,” was approved by a vote of 43-7. If passed, North Carolina would become the 34th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana.

The bill would allow patients with certain medical conditions to access medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe chronic pain, and a few other conditions. Patients would be able to purchase medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries.

The bill also calls for the establishment of a Medical Cannabis Commission, which would be responsible for regulating the medical marijuana industry in the state. The commission would be tasked with setting up rules and regulations for the industry, such as licensing requirements, testing standards, and security measures.

The bill also includes provisions for research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana. The commission would be responsible for overseeing research into the potential medical benefits of marijuana, as well as any potential risks.

The bill now moves to the North Carolina House of Representatives for consideration. If it is passed, it will then go to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature.

The passage of the Medical Cannabis Act in North Carolina is a major step forward for the state in recognizing the potential medical benefits of marijuana. It is also a sign that the state is willing to embrace new technologies and research in order to make sure that patients have access to the best possible medical care.