North Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Advanced by Senate

Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been filed and advanced in the North Carolina Senate.

Senate Bill 648 was filed yesterday by Senators Teresa Van Duyn (D) and Valerie Jean Foushee (D). Today, it was passed through its first reading and assigned to the Rules and Operations Committee.

If passed into law, the proposal would legalize medical marijuana for those who receive a recommendation from a physician and register with the state. Patients would be allowed to possess up to 24 ounces of cannabis, and could grow the plant at home as long as there is “not more than 250 feet of total garden canopy of mature female cannabis plants, measured by the combined vegetative growth area, excluding any garden space devoted to cannabis plants that are not mature and female but which are cultivated for the purpose of maintaining the largest and most productive canopy of mature female cannabis plants allowed by this Article.”

The measure would establish a system of licensed dispensaries as a means of safe access to medical marijuana for patients. These outlets would be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.

Below are qualifying medical marijuana conditions under the proposed law:

Cancer, gliomas, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, porphyria, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, nail‑patella syndrome, fibromyalgia, severe migraines, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes mellitus, dystonia, gastrointestinal disorders, hypertension, incontinence, injury or disease to the spinal cord, spinal column, or vertebra, methicillin‑resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), myelomalacia, osteoporosis, pruritus, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep apnea, Tourette’s syndrome, or the treatment of such conditions.b.

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe pain; severe nausea; anorexia; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS), or Crohn’s disease.c.

Any other serious medical or mental condition or its treatment approved by a physician or other practitioner authorized to prescribe or recommend a controlled substance classified in the schedules set forth in either the Controlled Substances Act (Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes) or the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, P.L. 91‑513, 84 Stat. 1236 (Oct. 27, 1970).


Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 648.


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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. Chris

    I’m a Chronic pain patient, been this way for twelve years. I’ve been trying for full disability since my doctor took me out of work twelve years ago. I’ve been on all kinds of pain meds ,nerve meds , etc. And Absolutely NONE of them work on me. So, I suffered and suffered. I got up some cash and bought some smoke from someone and continue smoking, and guess what… it REALLY and Truly does wonders for me. Please PASS this law!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Chornic back pains and so much more they missed come on NC raise up twist it around your head like a helicopter

  3. Kiri

    I’m wondering if ptsd, depression and aniexty count, I really got to know, especially for those that have serves in the military

  4. Demarcus Ross

    People wont hire you when they find out.

  5. Marcota

    As a healthcare worker I have seen the great help it has provided many people. From children with seizures to adults with terminal pain.
    Get it passed before the big pharmaceutical companies try to take control of it in your state. The prices will quadruple.

  6. Jenn

    They forgot autism. Please add it now.

  7. Anonymous

    Severe migraines and chronic mental health conditions are on the list of conditions, so anxiety and migraines would be covered.

  8. anon

    it definitely says “migraines”. if you haven’t had a migraine, your headache is not severe enough to need medical marijuana

  9. SisterDonna

    We don’t see LUPUS on that list!!! Jeeeeeeeez….get it right before anymore submitting things to officials!!!

  10. Anonymous

    they arent even legalizing it for headaches or anxiety only super horrid stuff, nc fuckin sucks

    1. dal

      lists can grow

  11. Latonya McNeill

    Medical use correct smh

  12. Tara Jones

    I have suffered the consequences of “modern medicine” for my Fibromyalgia, RLS and chronic migraines. Due to liver damage from the meds, I now suffer through the pain without being medicated in any way. I would love for marijuana legalization in NC so that I may be able to find some relief. Please pass this Bill!

  13. Weeden Cornwell

    If it can save or help people in pain. It should be legal.

  14. Carmon

    Definitely would be great for persond lior children living with disability, not for recreational purposes, maybe some may calm down……

  15. Dave

    Like the page, need to keep up to date on MJ News if you can let me know when? Definitely cannot wait until it goes National, I’m losing too much atm in the stocks side. So for my carolina Families and Friends, I wish it through on common and economical sense!

  16. Alfredo Gamboa

    Yeah I hope they pass the bill this year please

  17. Lisa McIe

    It need to pass it help with so much and you guys are ok with liquor but something that can help head acks and pain axiatey

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