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North Carolina should follow the lead of our neighbors in Virginia. #ncpol
"It was a historic day for North Carolina," said Sen. Wiley Nickel, D-Wake County, who represents District 16, "This was the first time we've actually had a vote for medical marijuana so it was a real honor and a privilege to be there, to vote in the judiciary committee to advance this bill. I'm also a co-sponsor of the bill. So the time has come for medical marijuana in North Carolina. We've got 36 other states who have medical marijuana, or more, and we should join that list."
This is personal for Nickel. His father died of cancer in the 1990s at 43. His father underwent chemotherapy and radiation and used medical marijuana for his pain and to boost his appetite but did so illegally in California. Nickel said it's time to end the criminalization in North Carolina.
"He is exactly the kind of person this bill was meant to help," Nickel said. "For anyone who's gone through the end of life, somebody dying of cancer, it's very difficult. It's very tough, you know, chemo, radiation, and he used marijuana illegally during that time, and we should never, ever prevent anyone from doing the same."
S646 Marijuana Justice and Reinvestment Act
S711 NC Compassionate Care Act.
SB58 Revise Marijuana Laws
A Publicly supports ending prohibition of marijuana for adults - cosponsor of legislation.
Voted Aye on SB168-Expand Allowed Medical Uses/Cannabis Extract which adds to the proposed changes to GS 90-94.1 to also allow the possession or use of cannabis extract to treat a medical condition diagnosed by a neurologist for which currently available treatment options have been ineffective (was only expanded to treat autism, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, or Mitochondrial disease, in addition to the already allowable treatment of intractable epilepsy). Makes conforming modifications to the proposed changes to Article 5G, GS Chapter 90, Alternative Treatment Act, to include patients who have been diagnosed with a medical condition for which currently available treatment options have been ineffective. 2019
Did not respond to NC NORML's 2020 Primary Questionnaire