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But such legalization would be accompanied by a series of warnings. First, the Food and Drug Administration must approve the use of the prescription. The drug enforcement administration must then make appropriate changes to federal programs. Finally, a state commission would not have to oppose the change.
Proponents of Bill Say THC Has Medicinal Benefits, Including Treating Seizures. They also point out that the bill would simply align state and federal standards. Critics argue that the move could set a damaging precedent. Larry Pittman, Republican of Cabarrus County, was one of only nine legislators to object to the bill.
He described the proposal as a possible springboard towards the legalization of marijuana. He proposed an amendment to say that marijuana will not be legalized in North Carolina regardless of federal action, but the change suggested by Pittman was not considered because GOP House Speaker Tim Moore ruled it out of service. Carteret County's Pat McElraft said the state Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse can still oppose FDA-approved drugs. The bill passed 92-9 in the House of Representatives on Wednesday after a unanimous 49-0 vote in the state Senate last month.
Cooper is expected to sign the measure. Only one Democratic legislator opposed the legislation. The move comes as a marijuana legalization bill has stalled in the House of Representatives after advancing in the Senate last week. WRAL News online poll found North Carolina Democratic, Republican and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical use.
Recreational use also has strong support, including from a plurality of Republicans. Nearly three out of four respondents said marijuana should be legalized for medical use, while 57% supported recreational legalization. The survey conducted April 6-10 reported a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points when respondents were asked about legalization for medical purposes and 2.7 percentage points when asked about legalization for recreational purposes. .