House Bill 84, the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, would be a great first step toward sanity in North Carolina. The bill has several co-sponsors and now faces its first logistical hurdle - the rules committee.
Eighteen states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia — have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. Patients in these states enjoy legal protections to use medicinal marijuana under a doctor’s supervision. Seriously ill citizens of North Carolina deserve nothing less.
North Carolina voters strongly support this change in law. According to a January 2013 Public Policy Polling statewide survey, 58 percent of North Carolinians favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses.
Not only would passage of this bill enable citizens who suffer form painful, debilitating conditions a measure of relief, the legalization of medical cannabis could also generate the first of many good jobs and much needed tax revenues for our state as well.
This bill should be a first step toward building a broad-based cannabis industry across this state. Republican legislators in Kentucky, another state traditionally associated with the tobacco industry, are currently leading efforts to pass legislation allowing their farmers to grow industrial hemp, a related crop with hundreds of industrial uses, from building materials to textiles to industrial lubricants.
The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. In all of recorded history there are no credible documented deaths from cannabis overdose. Not one. In fact there is a growing mountain of anecdotal evidence indicating that cannabis may even cure many forms of cancer, in addition to it’s well known palliative qualities.
Much research remains to be done if we are to fully discover and exploit the vast potential of this miraculous plant, and North Carolina is uniquely positioned to benefit in a multitude of ways. From research grants at our medical schools and universities to jobs and economic stimulus from a wide variety of industries, our state should be leading the charge.
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