North Carolina House Bill 1220, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes, has been passed by the state’s House Health Committee with a unanimous vote.
The proposal would allow for the possession of cannabis extracts for those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a neurologist, and subsequently obtain a registration card from the state’s Department of Health. The extracts must below in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Neurologists would be authorized to dispense the medicine to patients.
Representative Pat McElraft, a Republican, was in tears prior to the vote as he explained the need for the bill.
“Some of [the children] have seizures up to 200, 300 a week, and their parents have to sit there and watch them go through it”, he said. “It’s life-threatening”.
A provision in the bill also encourages colleges in the state to produce cannabis extracts to be used for studying its potential in treating seizure disorders.
The proposal now heads to the House Finance Committee, where its passage would send it to the full House of Representatives.