|Posted by Rebecca Forbes on July 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM|
02/20/2013 07:10 PM
Medical marijuana bill snuffed out in House committee
RALEIGH – North Carolinians looking for some relief with the use of medical marijuana have been snuffed out.
A bill to allow medical cannabis in the state was voted down in a committee at the legislature Wednesday. Bill supporters were not accepting the vote quietly.
Emotions were running high after a House committee voted against a proposal to allow medical marijuana in North Carolina.
“If he calls himself a man of god...i'll pray for him,” said bill supporter Rebecca Forbes.
Rebecca Forbes' anger poured out, while for others it was tears, as they watched their hope for relief was shot down.
“I have a debilitating disease. I am not a criminal. I am a tax payer,” said Pashondra James of Harnett County.
The Enact Medical Cannabis Act asked the state to distinguish between medicinal and non-medical marijuana usage.
It's a proposal that the bill sponsor said could not only help those patients seeking relief from the plant, but also could bring in some money for the state.
“The tax and fee component would produce around $39 million per annum,” said Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg.
There was no debate by the committee leading up to the vote, but a clear majority of the House rules committee were against the measure in a voice vote – a decision applauded by some advocacy groups.
“When you don't have a consensus among the medical community that this is good for folks and there is also overwhelming evidence that marijuana is damaging and harmful to health, there is not a compelling case for the medical use of marijuana,” said the Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League.
But for those who suffer, they said this vote was a personal assault and one they won't take quietly.
I have children and grandchildren,” said Forbes. “I use this illegal in your state and am very open about it. Rebecca Forbes. Google it.”
Currently, 18 states allow marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes.