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PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Patients, Veterans and Medical Professionals Share Emotional Testimonies of Life Without Legal Access to Medical Cannabis at Senate Hearing
RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, June 23, veterans, patients, friends, and physicians joined members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to advocate for the N.C. Compassionate Care Act (SB 711) during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The advocates were part of the newly formed North Carolina Families for Medical Cannabis (NCFMC). The legislation will allow patients with qualifying medical conditions to legally access and utilize medical cannabis as part of their medical treatment plan, under doctor supervision.
The bill’s lead co-sponsors, Senators Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) and Michael Lee (R-New Hanover), spoke passionately in support of the bill and encouraged their colleagues to keep an open mind. Coalition members shared personal stories of their own battles with cancer and PTSD and the gut-wrenching reality of not having legal access to medical cannabis in North Carolina – despite having experienced firsthand the benefits it could offer them as an alternative to heavy pharmaceuticals. The committee room was emotional during these testimonies.
Currently, 73% of North Carolinians support the legalization of medical cannabis, according to a February 2021 Elon University Poll. The most recent version of the bill would help patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis and ALS.
NCFMC is a coalition of families, caregivers, veterans, physicians and other medical professionals who believe safe, regulated access to medical cannabis is critical for the wellbeing and quality of life of North Carolina patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.
The coalition is elevating real-life stories from North Carolina families, as well as serving as a resource for lawmakers and the public to better understand the issues at hand and the opportunity this legislation provides to care for members of our communities.
NCFMC knows everyone has a story. Share yours by visiting our website at www.NCFamiliesForMedicalCannabis.com.
NOTE: For more information about NCFMC, click here and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For questions or additional information regarding SB 711 or the efficacy of medical cannabis to treat cancer, epilepsy, MS, PTSD and ALS, please contact Paige Burr.