North Carolina’s House of Representatives, with an 11 to 2 vote, has approved House Bill 1220, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis extracts, namely cannabis oil that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol).
The proposal would allow those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a neurologist to possess cannabis extracts, and it would authorize neurologists to dispense the medication. Patients would be required to receive a registration card from the Department of Health to be given the legal protections the bill brings forth. The bill would also allow and encourage colleges in the state to produce cannabis extracts for the use in studying its potential in treating intractable childhood epilepsy.
The bill, which was sponsored by Republican Representative Pat McElraft, now heads to the Senate.