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Tuesday May 30th

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DTH Photo Illustration. A UNC student smokes CBD on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. CBD products, which are currently legal in North Carolina, are made from marijuana but lack the psychoactive effects of THC.

Bill to legalize marijuana for chronic illness care passes in NC Senate

On March 1 at 4:20 p.m., the North Carolina Senate passed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical needs. If passed in the House, the "N.C. Compassionate Care Act,"  would legalize the use of marijuana for patients with cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. According to the bill, those with qualifying conditions or a designated caregiver will be able to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries with the use of an identification card.  “I'm very optimistic about the conversations that are being had in Raleigh right now and about people's interest in this across the state,” N.C. Sen. Graig Meyer (D-Caswell, Orange, Person) said. “And I do think that we will likely see legislation moving ahead over the course of this year.”

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DTH Photo Illustration. A state grant of $1.2 million will enhance interactions between Orange County law enforcement and individuals during a mental health crisis.

Orange County receives $1.2 million grant for non-law enforcement response team

Orange County recently received a $1.2 million grant to create a community care and response team for individuals with mental health illnesses or disorders who come into contact with law enforcement. The grant was awarded by the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

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