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NC Republican Senators Are On The Right Path To Medical Cannabis Legalization



Back in April, North Carolina Senate Republicans Bill Rabon (Brunswick) and Michael Lee (New Hanover) filed the bipartisan N.C. Compassionate Care Act, a medical cannabis legislation which has received favorable votes from both the judiciary and the finance committee in July. The bill is now gradually advancing after some recent revisions were made by Rabon and Lee.

“Modern medical research has found that cannabis and cannabinoid compounds are effective at alleviating pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with several debilitating medical conditions,” the bill states.

“As of May 2021, 36 states and the District of Columbia have removed state-level criminal penalties for the medical use, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis, and in enacting this Article, North Carolina now takes similar action to preserve and enhance the health and welfare of its citizens,” the bill elaborated.

After the healthcare committee reviewed the proposal earlier this month, revisions were subsequently enacted upon by Rabon and Lee to improve the contents of the said bill.

The revamped version of the legislation will focus mainly on re-defining the list of  “debilitating medical conditions” that will serve as the criteria for would-be cannabis patients’ qualification.

The updated bill will cast bigger responsibilities for doctors who are licensed to prescribe cannabis. This will include educating their patients on the possible negative effects of the treatment and evaluating them at least annually to make sure that it is working well for them.

Rabon was diagnosed with cancer back in 1999 when cannabis still wasn’t being considered as a legitimate treatment. Known under its more popular street name “marijuana,” cannabis was listed as a dangerous drug for many decades until scientists finally considered its medical benefits.

“I’m not going to go into the details of my medical treatment. What I can tell you is, for some people, cannabis is the only product that relieves the symptoms of the poison injected into your body, and that relief can be immediate,” Rabon stated in an interview.

“It is a compassionate care act. It’s just to show your fellow man that you care and that you love them and that you’re going to try to make their situation as livable as it can be, as long as it can be. That’s pretty much it,” Rabon added.

Senator Paul Newton, a fellow-Republican from Cabarrus County, was one of the skeptics who later on, found more clarity on medical cannabis and even commended his party mate Rabon for his efforts.

“It’s the personal stories of people who have actually experienced relief through medical marijuana. And who am I to say that’s not true? They don’t have any motivation to lie to us about that; Senator Rabon has no reason to lie about that. I mean, he’s being absolutely honest with us,” Newton stated.

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