SB711 lists as a primary reason for the bill that “modern medical research has found that cannabis and cannabinoid compounds are effective at alleviating pain, nausea and other symptoms associated with several debilitating medical conditions.”
“In enacting this article, North Carolina now takes similar action to preserve and enhance the health and welfare of its citizens.”
Rabon, a cancer survivor, has said SB711 would not serve as a gateway to recreation marijuana use.
“Recreational marijuana use is not something we want in our state, but that should not keep us from doing the right thing for those dealing” with chronic and debilitating conditions, Lee said.
Lee said SB711 also could be applied as an educational tool about overall marijuana use for teens and young adults.
“SB711 says anyone who has a debilitating medical condition can receive a registry ID card or who is a designated caregiver,” Lowe said. “The goal of the bill is to treat chronic pain, and relying less on opioids.”
Lowe said he views SB711 as North Carolina taking another step in applying medical technology to improve quality of life for patients.
“Some people need certain kind of help to get better, and we should do all that is necessary to help them,” Lowe said.