Advocates of medical marijuana in the state will renew their push for legalization today — but critics of the proposal pledge to oppose it as a slippery slope toward full legalization.
N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander, D-Mecklenburg, will file a bill today to legalize medical marijuana. Its passage is far from certain; similar legislation has stalled in the past.
But according to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 58 percent of state residents support legalization.
Medical marijuana has been endorsed by a variety of medical groups and can be used to treat various conditions:
- The AIDS Action Council, American Academy of Family Physicians and the N.C. Nurses Association have endorsed the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
- The use of medical marijuana is currently legal in 18 states.
- Medical marijuana can be used to treat several conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, HIV and Multiple Sclerosis.
- For more information, go to http://norml.org/marijuana/medical
Medical marijuana is used to treat nerve damage, glaucoma, nausea and HIV/AIDS, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a group that advocates for legalization.
If the bill passed, North Carolina would become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana.