A bill that would legalize the use of cannabis for particular medical use has passed through a second committee in North Carolina Senate. Previously, the bill received a thumbs-up from the Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday, the bill earned the approval of the state’s finance committee. Moving forward, the bill will advance to the floor of the North Carolina Senate.
State lawmakers have reiterated that this bill would not make substantial changes to the state’s stance on the personal use of cannabis. Rather, it will provide approval to residents diagnosed with PTSD, cancer and other qualifying conditions to obtain cannabis for licensed dispensaries.
“The intent of this bill is to make only changes to existing state law that are necessary to protect patients and their doctors from criminal and civil penalties, and would not intend to change current civil and criminal laws governing the use of non-medical marijuana,” North Carolina Senator Bill Rabon said, per Marijuana Moment.
North Carolina is not the only state to propose such a bill. In South Carolina, Tom Davis has refiled the S.C. Compassionate Care Act. Similarly, the act allows residents with qualifying conditions to obtain cannabis from licensed dispensaries. His bill is currently on its way to the floor of the South Carolina House of Representatives.