North Carolina might be the next state to give the OK to the usage of marijuana as medicine.
Thursday, the North Carolina House Committee on Health is slated to consider legislation that would allow for state residents to possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes, so long as they have a doctor's recommendation. The bill is being introduced by Rep. Earl Jones (D-Guilford) and Rep. Beverly Earle (D-Mecklenburg).
The hearing, which begins Thursday at high noon, will be the first of its kind in the typically conservative state. Rep. Jones is expected to speak at the hearing, as are several citizens with chronic illnesses and pains will also provide testimony, discussing how the usage of marijuana raises thier quality of life. Should this bill pass (eventually), North Carolina would be among the 13 other states (including California and New Mexico) that have legalized the medicinal usage of marijuana.
Having spent a few long nights in the Cakalakas (Carolinas to you Yankees) and knowing its residents well, it warms my heart and gives me hope for the future. If these rednecks can seriously talk about legalizing marijuana, then maybe... just maybe... the rest of us can too!