A Charlotte lawmaker is looking to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina.
State Representative Kelly Alexander, Jr. is going to introduce his bill on Wednesday. A new Public Policy Polling survey shows that 58% of respondents in the state favor legalizing medical cannabis.
29-year-old U.S. veteran Perry Parks backs Representative Alexander’s efforts. ”In this state if a veteran goes to the VA and tests positive for cannabis he’s told to leave the clinic and come back when he can provide a clean sample this is immoral.” said Parks, who suffered a back injury more than 10 years ago. He now suffers from severe chronic pain.
It is inhumane that people aren’t allowed the option of medical cannabis, but it is even more so to deny our veterans a safer alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs.
Besides the human factor, there is also an economic component to medical marijuana. ”There are some tax advantages. We could generate between $60-$100 million alone,” Alexander said. “Personally, I believe if this were put to a vote of the people it would b a no-brainer.”
That would be the case in many states, but putting the issue in front of the people is a much more expensive proposition. But with the path through the legislature comes a reduced chance of passage. North Carolina is a swing state in Presidential politics, but is also very religious; medical marijuana has not fared well in the bible belt thus far.
“We’re trying to really push to educate,” Parks said. “When you see the amount of medical evidence, you’ll see why cannabis has been used as a medicine for centuries.”
But Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the N.C. Values Coalition, said legalization of medical marijuana is risky.
“It’s a slippery slope,” she said. “It can open the door to recreational use — it’s not good for our families and communities.”
Medicine is a slippery slope…to health. Those who would deny sick people the option of a natural, non-toxic herb are so immersed in the propaganda of the past that they cannot see the truth right in front of them. These people are hard to get through to; in the end they must be bypassed if at all possible.
At the very least, the discussion has been started in North Carolina. That means that patients in the state are one step closer to actually having legal protections when it comes to medical cannabis. And it is encouraging that the the people support this effort by a solid margin.
Medical marijuana is a must in every state, because there are so many people who desperately need it.
- Joe Klare