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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    • good for nc on March 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    Nc sells their controlled substances different than most states we have an ABC board that distributed and sells these products; NC should pass medical and recreational marijuana usage. They should licenses the tobacco manufacturers to produce product and sell recreational product thru state run ABC stores and medical thru pharmacy’s. The tobacco manufacturers r already set up to produce smoking products and this would put them back on top as a tax producing corporation and employer in the state. Sell product pre packaged thru ABC stores where taxes will be collected and we don’t have hippy shops all over town. Change name to ABRMC Board. It’s a no brainer it’s a win win situation.

    • Tim on February 26, 2018 at 7:55 am
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    This is a win win situation. The money saved on the fight against it could be spent on other drug fights. drugs that are killing our youth. Not to mention turning marijuana control over to the authorities who can prosper on the taxation of it. Were talking millions of dollars. Also it would be a huge jobs program here.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    Please, please pass this law. My husband would benefit from this so much. He has Late Stage Parkinson and shakes so bad he can hardly hold a fork sometimes. Levadopa and other prescriptions make the shaking worse. I have read research about how great MJ is for disease like his. When a physician prescribes it, why should it be any different than other drugs that have horrible side effects. People like him could be benefiting from it. I don’t want to do anything illegal but at 74, I may be pushed into doing just that.

  1. I’m not well informed on this. Could you please tell me when this vote is to take place?

    • Jae on July 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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    Anxiety falls under Hypertension. Headaches fal under migranes. Please people before you freak out educate yourself.

    • Corey on July 11, 2017 at 2:36 am
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    Read the article. It lists a whole bunch of stuff it would be prescribed for and says everything isn’t listed as well. This bill would be amazing if passed, would help me tremendously. Come on NC!

    • lisafrequency on July 7, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    Call and write to your state reps be respectfully ask them to vote yes on the bill. If they don’t vote in favor vote them out and vote in someone who will vote in favor.

    • Felton Davenport on June 11, 2017 at 9:57 pm
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    If they hurry up and pass it they can cancel my court date. Hopefully we can get away from the most invasive laws in our society!

    • Anthony on May 31, 2017 at 10:08 am
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    Chronic pain patients and spine injury patients will reduce their need for opiates once this bill passes, and the opiate issue with young people getting into these patients meds and overdosing (dying) is all over the news in NC. If the government is serious about reducing availability of these opiates, they can reduce these patients needs by allowing them medical marijuana. There shouldn’t be much of an employer impact as this population (for a decent percentage of them, myself included!) are already not able to work due to their disability!

    • don't matter on May 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm
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    When will we know if it’s moving forward or not?

    • Anonymous on May 17, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    Actually if you read the bill. Employers can not discriminate nor terminate. If you have a medical card. You can fail any test for cannabis. As long as you have a medical cannabis card from your doctor.

    • Millie on April 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm
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    IDK. I don’t see it listed. I need it for my anxiety and Bipolar issues. The meds have been a hit or miss and mostly a miss. I would like to try it some from.

    • Chris on April 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm
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    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!!!!!

    • Anonymous on April 10, 2017 at 8:10 am
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    Chornic back pains and so much more they missed come on NC raise up twist it around your head like a helicopter

    • Kiri on April 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    I’m wondering if ptsd, depression and aniexty count, I really got to know, especially for those that have serves in the military

    • Demarcus Ross on April 8, 2017 at 10:21 pm
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    People wont hire you when they find out.

    • Marcota on April 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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    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.

    • Jenn on April 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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    They forgot autism. Please add it now.

    • Anonymous on April 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm
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    Severe migraines and chronic mental health conditions are on the list of conditions, so anxiety and migraines would be covered.

    • anon on April 8, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    it definitely says “migraines”. if you haven’t had a migraine, your headache is not severe enough to need medical marijuana

    • SisterDonna on April 7, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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    We don’t see LUPUS on that list!!! Jeeeeeeeez….get it right before anymore submitting things to officials!!!

    • Anonymous on April 7, 2017 at 8:52 am
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    they arent even legalizing it for headaches or anxiety only super horrid stuff, nc fuckin sucks

      • dal on April 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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      lists can grow

  2. Medical use correct smh

    • Tara Jones on April 7, 2017 at 4:19 am
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    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!

    • Weeden Cornwell on April 7, 2017 at 3:28 am
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    If it can save or help people in pain. It should be legal.

    • Carmon on April 7, 2017 at 12:31 am
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    Definitely would be great for persond lior children living with disability, not for recreational purposes, maybe some may calm down……

    • Dave on April 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
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    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!

    • Alfredo Gamboa on April 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm
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    Yeah I hope they pass the bill this year please

    • Lisa McIe on April 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    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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