Today, the North Carolina Senate passed the Compassionate Care Act, medical cannabis. While I believe this bill doesn’t go far enough, I was happy to support a proposal to provide relief and comfort to our fellow North Carolinians. It’s now up to the House. Onward.
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SHOULD MEDICAL MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
JD Wooten: Yeah, so in another surprising shift, the State Senate also passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. Did that surprise you?
Michael Garrett: I guess, yes, I would have given it a 25% chance if I'm putting odds on it. Senator Rabon who is Rules Chair, which is the most powerful Committee in the Senate was the lead sponsor. So, with that coming out of the gate, you knew it had a chance. But the caucus, the Republican Caucus, has been pretty backwards looking, I think, when it comes to some of these issues when it comes to cannabis legalization and decriminalization and things like that. So, it did surprise me. But what surprised me more was actually how many voted for it. I think there were only 10, no votes. You know, I voted for it. I don't think it goes far enough, personally. It leaves out a lot of the help that it could provide for people suffering from addiction or chronic pain. Doesn't really address that. But I'm hoping that down the road, you know, this is a baby step that down the road, we can go further and make it actually a meaningful public policy where it can have real impact for the people that need it most in this state.
B- Supports legalization of medical cannabis and/or decriminalization - voted for but did not sponsor legislation.
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