Debate: Marijuana For Medical Use In NC

Smoking marijuana in our state is illegal, but there is a bill in the North Carolina House that would change that. It is bill 1380, and it would make it legal for people to use the drug for medical reasons. Many are against the idea, but there's a group in our state pushing hard to get it passed.

Richard Michael and Rebecca Forbes both smoke marijuana for medical reasons. They are among the 500 people in our state that belong to a group called N.C. Cannabis Patient Network. The group is pushing for for passage of House Bill 1380.

Michael says he lights up to ease the pain from a motorcycle accident that left him with severe injuries. He says even after several surgeries, he still has constant headaches, chronic pain and tremors. Michael says he turned to marijuana because he didn't like the effects prescription drugs Oxycontin and Xanax had on him.

Forbes says she also turned to the drug for medical reasons. She was experiencing severe pain--- she went to the doctors and they found a mass on her adrenal gland. She to was prescribed Oxycontin. Forbes says "When I take something like that you're useless-you're just high...can't even function on Oxycontin. It's awful."

Fourteen states in our country have passed similar bills allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. It's up to each state to decide how they will distribute the drug.

Not everyone thinks the idea of medical marijuana is a good one. Some of the biggest arguments against the bill are that marijuana can be a gateway drug and critics say it's not actually proven to be effective for medical use.

Some studies have shown that marijuana use can lead to lung cancer and can impair short-term memory, motor skills, reaction time and information processing skills.

House of Representative members we talked with said more research is needed before they could even comment.

And that's what members of the NCCPN are trying to push---more research and a better understanding of what they consider medicine, not an illegal drug.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Sep 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Yo mama, yea, we know, nice try, however, is the lobby paying you are do your work for free?
  • by yo mama Location: nc on Aug 29, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    what happened with the bill? Did it pass or not its almost 2011 14 other states seem to be doing fine I like N.C but gotta say I wanna move so I am not a criminal in the authorities eyes I just want relief from pain without side effects Morphine,vicodin,xanx makes me feel crazy I would love to stop taking those but would probably die from depression and lack of activity.. most people don't understand other peoples pain. therapy and weed is all I need.. but no the pharmy's have this locked down like dupont did back in the day.. read this
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 17, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    Sonny, no one has a problem with medical use, this link will tell you what no one wants;
  • by Sonny Location: selma NC on May 26, 2010 at 09:58 PM
    hey there ty fee the site infor i burnt 33 % of my body burnt my lungs was in a coma i dont have no medicail ins yet i deal with the pain i go threw its hard to xplain but i dont like pills i rather token on some weed and cant really find it here to good but i get some and the magrains from not someing and all i have many problems or im not sure how to even get help from any 1 here and all but would like to help or get the help but im here now to try and find the right way cool beans people ty
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    conservative, I heard both sides of the argument and as a past user I had to consider this. This whole argument went away when I was in LA, San Diego and San Francisco. Now Ca is struggling on how to control the problem. They too, thought about taxes, and we all know they are going down the crapper like Nancy Pelosi to a vote. The potheads, not medical users, pushed their lobby, just as they do on this post, to get it passed. They use the tax, no longer illegal...then it fails miserably like in Amsterday. Same problem, different country. I still will say no. cory vaughn, it shows, it really shows. Then you had to interject Bush into you post of a lifetime. OK, you forgot liberal protocol; Bush like, the two illegal wars, WMDs were never found, Nancy, would be so ashamed of you! Bad liberal, if you don't do better, we will blame you on the tea party......
  • by Come on on Apr 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    Holy Ignorance Batman!!!!
  • by Justin Location: Long Beach,CA on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I am a medical cannabis patient in California. I will possibly be moving to North Carolina over the summer and would like any any all info I can get about the proposed NC medical marijuana laws. also any peresonal stories are welcome. please email at thank you
  • by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    The problems come when it is not 100% legal just like we saw with the prohibition of alcohol. Once you make a substance legal 100% you can regulate it much more efficiently and cut out the illegal market completely. Once the criminal element has nothing more to gain from creating or distributing a readily available product they will no longer be involved. And please don't bring other drugs into this marijuana is in a completely different category since it actually helps with many different illnesses.
  • by cory vaughn Location: Hickory, N.C. on Mar 21, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    Alcohol and perscription drugs, cigerattes, are the gateway drugs, the evidence is in your face. I have been growing and smoking marijuana everyday since I was a teenager, now I am 49 years old. Had colon cancer last year, would not have made it thru it without my sacred plant. Its funny how this issue gets hardly any coverage in major media. Is this where the revolution won't be televised? Whether its legal or not, me and my many, many, fellow growers will never stop until were dead! It is a human right to grow this plant. Laws have nothing to do with it! Seems like this broken government would need some revenue to make up for George Bush's stay in the white house, they will never admit to that. You ought to see what I'm growing this year. Legalize or not, it dosen't keep me from growing or enjoying this plant. Its a shame these politicians can't recongnize when people need medical help, oh thats right just look at the whole health care situation. Wish me luck with this years harvest.
  • by conservative on Mar 18, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    sorry snake oil, on most issues we are in agreement. not this one. i use to buy the argument that pot should be illegal because innocent people are harmed bringing it in to this country. but if it was legal, it wouldn't have to be smuggled in, the gov. could tax it and all would be well. the gateway drug argument is just...stupid and unfounded and for people being wacked out hop heads. well, ignorance is bliss my friends. come on people, lets use a little common sense

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