North Carolina Governor Signs Into Law Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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North Carolina Governor Signs Into Law Bill Legalizing Medical MarijuanaNorth Carolina Governor Pat McCrory today signed into law the medical marijuana law that paves way for patients with severe epilepsy to access the drug.

The state Senate had earlier approved House Bill 1220 that will legalize and regulate the use of marijuana oil to treat chronic epilepsy that isn’t responding to three or more forms of treatments. The cannabidiol oil will be administered using droppers from bottles that resemble normal over-the-counter medications. The oil is extracted from Charlotte’s Web marijuana strain that low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gives users the characteristic “high”.

The news will undoubtedly be welcomed by parents with epileptic kids, some of whom have shifted into the nearby Colorado to try to access the drug. North Carolina’s law will be called Hope for Haley & Friends, after 6-year old epileptic kid Haley Ward. Haley’s single mother, who lives in Carteret County, lamented she lacked enough funds to move out and pressurized lawmakers to decriminalize the treatment.

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The bill was sponsored by Ward’s home area House Representative Pat McElraft, a Republican.

Separately, the city of Berkeley in California voted to alter medical marijuana laws to allow for the opening of the fourth dispensary in the city, and now compels the dispensaries to dish out two percent of their total amount of cannabis sold each year to low-income or poor patients. The drug should be of the same quality as that given to the normal paying clients.

“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Darryl Moore, a Councilmember, was quoted by CBS San Francisco as saying. “We think this is the responsible thing to do for those less fortunate in our community”. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com