Senate Bill 711: Is Medical Marijuana On the Horizon for North Carolina?
There has been some big news in North Carolina this week for team “legalize medical marijuana!” Senate Bill 711 is the new bill on the table that lays out a future medical marijuana program for the state. It would let doctors prescribe medical marijuana for cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, AIDS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other common debilitating medical conditions.
This new bill shares new research behind how medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for alleviating symptoms for those struggling with medical conditions. SB711 would not legalize recreational marijuana use in the state and, of course, it would still be illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. This bill would not change civil or criminal laws on marijuana. It would, however, set up licensing for growers, suppliers and dispensaries that would sell medical marijuana to patients with a marijuana card in North Carolina. It would not require insurance companies to cover medical marijuana but it would permit universities to perform medical marijuana studies.
Bills similar to SB711 have been brought up in the marijuana conversation in North Carolina for years but this is the first that could potentially move forward as other states have passed full blown recreational programs successfully. Virginia, which is a close neighbor to North Carolina, just passed a recreational bill that will go into effect soon. With SB711, North Carolina is trying to catch up!
Something that could change the tide for this new bill is that it has a powerful sponsor, Republican Senator Bill Rabon who is also the chairperson of the Senate Rules committee. Because of this position, Rabon has a lot more say in what bills stay alive and which do not. This bill also has bi-partisan support by having two Democrats and two Republican sign onto the cause.
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