North Carolina House Bill 766, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts, has been approved unanimously by the state’s full Senate.
The measure was passed with some minor amendments, meaning it will head back to the House of Representatives – which has already passed the bill once – for a final vote. If approved in the House, as expected, it will go to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.
Under the proposed law, those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a physician will be authorized to possess and use cannabis oil that has no more than 0.9% THC.
“Today’s discussion truly signals the Senate wants to help remedy the mistake of last year’s law,” says Liz Gorman, a mother who moved from Charlotte to Colorado in 2013 in order to supply her daughter (who suffers from epilepsy) with cannabis oil. “Lots of steps in this process. But I’m excited about what happened today.”
Representative Pat McElraft, the bill’s primary sponsor, says she hopes the House will vote on the measure this week.