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Thursday June 1st

North Carolina Politics

Photo Courtesy of Graig Meyer. Sen. Graig Meyer is a Democrat representing Senate District 23, which encompasses all of
Orange, Person and Caswell counties.

Op-ed: North Carolina kids need a support network

"A lot of difficult issues arise during the course of a child’s life. Instead of passing bills that might endanger kids and limit their options for support, our legislature should be providing resources to make sure that children have the help they need. That’s why I sponsored Senate Bill 74, a Students’ Bill of Rights which would assure that students have the freedom to learn."

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DTH Photo Illustration. Gov. Roy Cooper's new behavioral health plan highlights what a pressing issue declining mental health has become in North Carolina.

Cooper releases $1 billion behavioral health plan, requires legislature approval

Gov. Roy Cooper’s new behavioral health plan, released on March 8, aims to invest $1 billion to address North Carolina’s mental health and substance use crisis, according to a press release. The plan focuses on increasing the availability of behavioral health services, implementing systems to support people in crisis and using technology to enable better health access and outcomes.

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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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