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Bridget Bendezu


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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N.C. Senate passes Parents' Bill of Rights, could impact LGTBQ+ students

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the North Carolina Senate passed Senate Bill 49, the Parents' Bill of Rights in a 29-18 vote. The bill must now be heard on the state House's floor. The contentious bill outlines a set of rights parents should have over their children in public schools. These provisions include LGBTQ+ topics and require public schools to make policies to promote parent involvement in their child’s education, such as notifying a student’s parents prior to any changes to a student's name or pronouns used in school.

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