North Carolina’s Senate, with a unanimous vote, has passed House Bill 1220, a measure to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes. The proposal has already passed the state’s House (111 to 2 vote), but will go back for one final vote (which is expected to happen quickly) for heading to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.
If approved into law, HB 1220 will allow for the possession of cannabis extracts that are low in THC and high in CBD, for those with seizure disorders who receive a recommendation from a neurologist and subsequently become registered with the state’s Department of Health. Neurologists would be authorized to dispense the medicine, and a provision in the bill allows and encourages colleges in the state to study cannabidiol as a potential treatment for “intractable childhood epilepsy”.
An amended added to the bill will allow for it to take effect immediately after being signed by the governor (or allowed to become law without his signature – his other option is vetoing it), rather than the end of October as it originally was.
Although the proposal clearly doesn’t go far enough, as more conditions should be covered and the whole plant should be allowed, the measure is still a step in the right direction and will help thousands of people.