- Bailey Porras
North Carolina House Speaker Expects Medical Cannabis Legislation in 2023
In the 2022 session, North Carolina’s Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act with an overwhelming majority vote. This act would legalize marijuana for medical use for those with specific conditions. The act also establishes licensing fees for suppliers.
However, the act did not make it past the House of Representatives in North Carolina. In fact, the House Republicans never even considered the bill or brought it to a vote. Many General Assembly leaders in North Carolina say they expect to revisit medical marijuana legalization in next year’s legislative session.
Although the issue will likely be revisited, it is unclear whether the bill would make it through the House or to the Governor. However, 2022’s November election will bring 20+ new members into the House, so things may change.
The prior House members did not offer their votes for a medical marijuana program to become operational, and there is no telling how the new politicians will vote on the issue. However, we can stay optimistic!
As more and more states take the step of implementing their own medical marijuana program, pressure is put on North Carolina to do the same.
Why Isn’t the Bill Passing?
Although the bill has a lot of support, there are still many opponents to a state medical marijuana program. One of the most common reasons for this is because they do not want cannabis to become recreationally legal in their home state.
But medical marijuana is very different from making the drug completely legal. State medical cannabis programs have a strict list of medical conditions that make a person eligible for the program, and they must receive a written recommendation by a licensed physician.
Advocate for Medical Marijuana in North Carolina
The passage of North Carolina’s Compassionate Care Act is inevitable, but there are ways you can help to speed up the process. The best way to do this is to contact your lawmakers!
You should prepare yourself for the state medical marijuana program to become operational, so that when it does, you will not have to wait for legal access to medicine. In order to do this, you will need to get your medical marijuana card.
Reserve an evaluation online today, and we’ll book an appointment for you with one of our compassionate doctors just as soon as North Carolina’s medical marijuana market is fully operational.
You and your new doctor will meet virtually, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer for a telemedicine appointment. You’ll learn all about how medical marijuana may be able to help your conditions, without even leaving the comfort and safety of your own home. And you’ll even save $25 off the cost of the evaluation!
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If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-7320, or simply reserve a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!