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North Carolina Legalize Marijuanas

However, North Carolina`s rate is lower than the national veteran suicide rate in 2020, which was 31.7 per 100,000. For the southern region of the United States, which extended to Florida and Texas and north to Maryland for this study, the suicide rate was 31.9 per 100,000. Essentially, North Carolina`s law would legalize medical marijuana to align state law with federal law. If federal officials decide to move marijuana to a lower level in the Controlled Substances Act so doctors can prescribe it to patients, North Carolina law would follow. One study found that opioid-related deaths in Colorado decreased slightly each month after marijuana legalization. Another study found that states that legalized marijuana had a 25% lower opioid mortality rate from 1999 to 2010 compared to states that did not. The Republican-led Senate, with strong bipartisan support, passed a bill earlier this year that would have legalized medical marijuana with a medical prescription if it had been purchased at dozens of highly regulated dispensaries. But the state, while decriminalizing possession charges, has not done what 37 other states have done: legalize medical marijuana. Over the course of two summers, this year and last year, attempts to legalize medical marijuana failed in the NC General Assembly, stalling last year in the NC Senate, and then in the NC House last summer. A Republican-backed bill in the North Carolina legislature would have legalized medical marijuana in the state. It passed the Senate, but remained blocked in the House of Representatives.

That other bill, which aligns the state`s marijuana law with federal law, passed the House almost simultaneously in June. Ben Sessoms is a staff member at Carolina Public Press, based in Fayetteville. Envoyez-bsessoms@carolinapublicpress.org an email to contact him. Dozens of states have already legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, though it remains illegal under federal law. «It`s become a political issue, as opposed to, say, a medical issue,» Pines said. «I would be a supporter of legalization, even if I don`t personally participate in it. I do not see how marijuana is a bad drug. I do not see it. I do not see it as a gateway to harder drugs.

While federal law still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its recreational use, and 37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its medical use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. North Carolina, however, has been slow to follow suit. A competing medical marijuana bill that requires approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may prevent the Compassionate Care Act from being approved in the House of Representatives. On June 8, the House of Representatives voted in favor of Senate Bill 448, a bill that legalizes FDA-approved prescription drugs containing marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols, or THC. «[Lawmakers] enact laws based on their lived experience,» Murdock said. «People may have preconceptions or opinions, but if it affects them, their family or friends, it will change their perspective.» House Speaker Tim Moore said in June that the House would wait until 2023 to reconsider legalizing medical marijuana. Democratic Governor Roy Cooper greets then-presidential candidate Joe Biden at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Oct. 18, 2020, in Morrisville, North Carolina. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Harrison Tulloss, a Wilson-based hemp farmer, told the Carolina Journal that Senate Bill 711 is a «good decision,» but that North Carolina is ultimately an «agrarian state.» Cooper`s spokesman, Jordan Monaghan, said in a statement that the governor «supports efforts to make medical marijuana available.» House Speaker Tim Moore told WRAL that he opposes SB 711 and that the bill is unlikely to be considered by the House before the end of the short session. SB 58 departs significantly from applicable law in North Carolina. Tarheel State has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country.

Recreational marijuana is completely illegal and medical marijuana is only available to patients with epilepsy. Even then, these patients must use a special marijuana grade with low THC and high CBD content. «Legal restrictions on access to and use of cannabis had unfortunately limited the assessment of human medical use of cannabis, including the treatment of mental disorders,» the report concludes. In 2014, a law (the Hope for Haley and Friends Bill) was enacted for people with refractory epilepsy. The allowed amount is in the form of cannabidiol or CBD. CBD is an oil extracted from a variety of marijuana without psychoactive effects. Although it is used to process seizures, supporters of the law say it is such a small amount that they might as well not have a bill. The General Assembly did not comply with that recommendation.

The FDA has no role in regulating medical marijuana programs in states with current law.