The N.C. House of Representatives filed a bill earlier this month to legalize medical marijuana in North Carolina.
The proposed bill, House Bill 401, would create the Medical Cannabis Act, which would protect patients with a registry identification card with “debilitating medical conditions and their physicians and caregivers, from arrest and prosecution." Citing the fact that research has found beneficial uses for cannabis, the act would also allow its medical use "in a regulated system for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments."
The Institute of Cannabis Research at Colorado State University at Pueblo performed a detailed study on the economic and social impacts of marijuana legalization in Pueblo County, Colo. and found that the marijuana industry can have positive effects on income inequality, among other things.
“Educational achievement in Pueblo still lags behind the rest of Colorado. To address that deficit, Pueblo County has instituted what appears to be the world’s first cannabis tax-funded college scholarship program,” the study said.
The study found possible correlations between strict marijuana laws and homelessness. The study said homelessness among military veterans has been decreasing across the country but increasing in Colorado, which “may in part be due to veterans who are migrating to obtain legal cannabis (e.g. for treatment for PTSD).”