Bill to legalize marijuana front and center in Raleigh


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Submitted: Thu, 06/18/2009 - 3:42pm
Updated: Mon, 04/25/2011 - 8:50pm
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The debate over legalizing medical marijuana is not a new one, but it is going to be front and center in Raleigh Thursday. The House Health Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that’s been introduced to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. One Oak Island man is in full support of House Bill 1380, based on his own first-hand experience. "It’s time we come out of the dark ages and look at marijuana as it is, a medicine, and not a hard core drug," said David Warren. David Warren is pushing for pot to be legalized in North Carolina, as an option for people suffering from debilitating medical conditions. It is already legal in 13 states. "Marijuana is not addictive. It’s a drug that causes little side effects. I think people should have a choice in medicine," Warren said. Warren is in full support of House Bill 1380, which would protect seriously ill patients from getting arrested and going to jail for smoking marijuana if recommended by a doctor. Warren said, "Those who are sick don’t belong in jail. They need to be treated with care, love, and respect." Warren uses his own experience to back up his case. He was arrested in 2005 for growing marijuana to smoke while being treated for Hepatitis C. He said he also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and a seizure disorder. "I looked at the data, I looked at the studies, and I decided that rather than take narcotics, I would rather have something non-addictive." Warren said the law would tax those who grow marijuana for themselves or others, bringing those tax dollars into the Tar Heel state. He is happy to see the issue reach Raleigh, and said there is plenty of room for an open and fair debate. "I believe that God made the marijuana. I’ve never seen an Oxycodone bush," said Warren. The House Health Committee’s public hearing is at noon Thursday in Raleigh.

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108 Comments on "Bill to legalize marijuana front and center in Raleigh"


daughter of a cancer victim
2015 years 8 months ago

If you dont think there are benefits to a cancer patient using this drug to help then you have never seen your dying mother suffer in pain in front of your eyes. It helped my mother and I have seen many chemo patients who cant go through it without it.

Its funny how until it happens to you, you feel it doesnt concern you or you can make judgement.

Guest555
2015 years 8 months ago

I say get rid of alcohol and legalize pot and this country would be out of debt within a month and the restrants would be booming with busness everyone would be happy!

Guest461
2015 years 8 months ago

…writing incomprehensible sentences with pitiful spelling and punctuation.

Look DOPE…someone still has to run this country! We can’t all be running around smiley, pie-eyed and chunking down the chips.

B420
2015 years 8 months ago

AT LEAST WE CAN SLEEP KNOWING WE DIDNT KILL SOMEONE WHILE SOME DRUNK KILLS A HOLE FAMILY AND THEY ARE IN JAIL SLEEPING IT OFF GETTING FREE MEALS AND A BED TO SLEEP ON ALCOHOL KILLS ITS KILLING ARE YOUNG AND OLD POT NEVER KILLED NOBODY THERE ARE NO CLAIMS ON A POT HEAD KILLING A HOLE FAMILY WHILE DRIVING HIGH NO POT HEAD IS GOING TO STILL FROM SOMEONE TO GET A BAG OF WEED GETTING DRUNK JUST FUELS FIGHTS MAKES PEOPLE IRRESPONSIBLE AND DUMB

26655999
2015 years 8 months ago

I have one question, how many times have you walked in to a rite aid or any store like that in your life for medicine? you probably called it a “drug store” right? well what makes it right for those to be legal when they have worse side effects then marijuana