Renewed push to legalize medical marijuana in the Carolinas

Advocates are pushing for the legalization of medical marijuana in the Carolinas after lawmakers in both states left bills on the table that would’ve allowed doctors to prescribe cannabis to certain patients.

The two bills could’ve given thousands of people across the Carolinas access to prescribed cannabis. Both were named “The compassionate care act” and aimed to help those with medical conditions like epilepsy and PTSD.

South Carolina’s Senate Bill 150 and North Carolina’s Senate Bill 711 passed in their respective state Senates but failed in House chambers near the end of each legislative session.

“It was a punch in the gut,” Marine veteran Gary Hess shared with WCNC Charlotte about the killed bills.

Hess fought in Iraq and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He now advocates for medical cannabis as a treatment for PTSD, saying it helps with relaxing, eating, and sleeping.


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