North Carolina Medical Cannabis Bill Clears Second Senate Committee
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North Carolina Medical Cannabis Bill Clears Second Senate Committee

The Senate Finance Committee passed the legislation July 21.

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July 26, 2021

A bill to legalize medical cannabis in North Carolina has cleared its second Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee passed the legislation July 21, according to AP News.

The committee reviewed fees and revenues collected under the bill, and included amendments that would charge cannabis patients for ID cards, as well as require the state’s 10 licensed cannabis businesses to obtain licenses and send a portion of their monthly revenues to the state, the news outlet reported.

Another amendment stipulated that North Carolina’s medical cannabis program would be self-supporting and not require other state revenues to operate, according to AP News.

The legislation would allow patients with “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, epilepsy and HIV, to access cannabis products, and would allow cannabis businesses, licensed through a newly created state commission, to open up to four dispensaries. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill earlier this month, and the legislation must now clear two more committees before coming up for a vote on the Senate floor.