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.



32 thoughts on “North Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Advanced by Senate”

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!!!!!

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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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