NC House Panel Considers Medical Marijuana Bill

People who smoke marijuana for medical purposes in North Carolina told House members it relieves their chronic pain, but a bill legalizing its use isn't likely to pass.

The proposal considered Thursday by the House Health Committee would exempt from prosecution patients who possess a small amount
of marijuana or grow it for themselves.

Janet Osburn of Clayton is a nurse who testified smoking marijuana eased her constant pain from spine and muscular disease.

But the Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina said legalizing marijuana would create unintended consequences and other prescription drugs can bring the same

No vote was taken. Committee co-chairman Rep. Bob England said he didn't expect one this late in the session.

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  • by Dale Location: topton on Dec 1, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    I believe marijuana should be legal, i am a christian an i know that if it wasnt for him marijuana wouldnt be here just like the oxygen we breath. Marijuna is a plant man didnt make it, GOD did, for man to use just like a potato he made for us. I bet if a potato made you feel good then the gov would make it illeagle. Come on gov do you want to get out of debt, you will make more than the smugglers. Use your heads NOT our money any the thangs god gave us, consintrate on the man made stuff, you face him one day, what you goin to say.
  • by george Location: dudley on Oct 17, 2009 at 10:05 PM
    smoking marijuana helps my medical symptons 100% better than my current medicine and also a lot cheaper,with min.side effects.pass the bill so people like me don't have to break the law to combat chronic man made prescriptions are by far more harmful and cost more to taxpayers.
  • by Jay Location: New Bern on Jun 21, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    The way I look it is, people die everyday from the use of alcohol and ciggs. No one has ever died from the use of marijuana. IT really helps people that need it. it should be legal for the people who really need it to ease there pain. The only reason they will not legal lize it is becasue the goverment can not control it.Really its all about the goverment not making money off it.
  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jun 21, 2009 at 12:44 AM
    Michael, you are a smart man, excellent post. In a country where alcohol is legal, advertised on television, and profitted on by the government, it seems painfully and blatently hypocritical for a much less harmful drug (marijuana) to be illegal.
  • by Garth Location: Wayne's World on Jun 20, 2009 at 01:22 AM
    Could you imagine a world where marijuana is legal. The people that would grow it could sell it to a company just like a tobacco farmer, the company would distribute it world wide, and the government would regulate it like alcohol and tax the stuffing out of it. Wow, weed can create jobs, bring in revenue, and get our state out of it's financial mess. Weed can solve all of our problems. Quick Bev, jump on this before Arnold does, lol.
  • by Michael Location: Greenvile on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    The first and most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. Some people ask 'why should marijuana be legalized?" but we should ask "Why should marijuana be illegal?" From a philosophical point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government only has a right to limit those choices if the individual's actions endanger someone else.
  • by Pot Smoker Location: Washington on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:16 AM
    Kristen... I'm very sorry to hear about your father. I have also had a similar experience. Marijuana helped with this ill person I know. This person beat cancer with the help of marijuana. I'm not saying it was the cure, but it helped dramatically. My prayers go to your father and family.
  • by paul Location: kinston on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    God made marijuana.Man made alcohol,pharaceuticals .Whom do you put your trust in?
  • by Kristen Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    I think medical Marijuana should be leagal. My father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and is undergoing a very intense treatment of chemotherapy. They chemo has caused him to be severely sick with nausea, mouth soures, severe anxiety, and many more side effects. He's lost almost 50lbs in less then 5 months. If medical marijuana was available to him I truely believe he would be living his life in a much more comfortable state. Many studies have been done showing that marijuana is extremely beneficial to patients undergoing chemo. Please lets help chemo patients by giving them some kind of relief.
  • by Pot Smoker Location: Washington on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    OF course Nathan. If you murder someone you should go to jail. I believe in the death penalty as well. It is the best deterrent for terrible crimes. But is it worth putting someone in jail for smoking. As long as people are responsible with what they do, there isn’t a problem. Most smokers are nice peaceful people, and more people smoke than you would think, either for medical reasons or personal reasons.But like in any situation, there are exceptions. It’s not a perfect world. I was just stating my personal opinion about a subject I disagree with.
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