North Carolina’s medical cannabis bill, which would have legalized the use of medical marijuana in the state, is likely dead for 2023. This is due to the lack of support the bill has received from state lawmakers in recent weeks.
The bill, which was introduced in the state House of Representatives in February, would have allowed a limited number of medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the state. It would have also allowed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients with certain medical conditions.
However, the bill failed to gain enough support from lawmakers. It was sent to the House Rules Committee, which is the final step before a bill can be voted on by the full House. Unfortunately, the committee decided not to move the bill forward.
This is not the first time a medical marijuana bill has failed to gain traction in the North Carolina legislature. In 2019, a similar bill was introduced, but it also failed to gain enough support.
The lack of support for the bill is due to a number of factors. Many lawmakers are concerned about the potential health risks associated with marijuana use. Others are worried about the potential for abuse and the potential for the drug to be diverted to the black market.
The failure of the bill is a disappointment for those who hoped that North Carolina would join the list of states that have legalized medical marijuana. Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.
It is unclear if the bill will be reintroduced in the future. However, it is likely that the issue of medical marijuana will continue to be debated in the state legislature. Supporters of the bill are hopeful that they can eventually convince enough lawmakers to pass the bill.
In the meantime, those who are in need of medical marijuana will have to look elsewhere for relief. They may have to turn to the black market or seek out other states where medical marijuana is legal.
It is unfortunate that the bill was not able to pass this year. However, it is possible that the issue will be revisited in the future and that North Carolina will eventually legalize medical marijuana. Until then, those in need of medical marijuana will have to look elsewhere for relief.