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Medical Cannabis Passes North Carolina Senate

On June 20, 2024, the North Carolina Senate approved a measure that would make medical cannabis legal in the state for patients with qualifying conditions (1). The vote was 33-9, though a second vote will be taking place on Monday.

Earlier this week, the provision to legalize medical cannabis was added to a bill on hemp and kratom regulations. The new amendment was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then sent to the Senate Rules Committee (2,3). The new text states that medical cannabis will be legal for patients with certain conditions, such as cancer, and would need a written certification from a physician (4). It also creates an advisory board, outlines how patients can obtain a medical cannabis card, and includes restrictions on where cannabis can be smoked. Read more »

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