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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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2016 years 2 months ago

Who wants to take meds with side effects like puking, loose stool, headache, swelling, etc. I choose something put here by our LORD not made by some scientist that doesnt haVE A CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING I HAVE A BACHELORS IN SCIENCE SO I NO ITS A HIT AND MISS ON MAN MADE MEDS

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Guest0624
2016 years 2 months ago

You are right..and being under the influence of alcohol is more dangerous than being high. There are more people killed by drunk drivers than by driver’s who’ve smoked a little pot.

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Informed
2016 years 2 months ago

There is no consensus of medical evidence that smoking marijuana helps patients. Congress enacted laws against marijuana in 1970 based in part on its conclusion that marijuana has no scientifically proven medical value. The Food and Drug Administration is the federal agency responsible for approving drugs as safe and effective medicine based on valid scientific data. FDA has not approved smoked marijuana for any condition or disease. The FDA noted that “there is currently sound evidence that smoked marijuana is harmful,” and “that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no… Read more »

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theyareoutthere
2016 years 2 months ago

Fact is you support our FDA and pharmaceutical industry, so you point of view is a little bias. Every one on your bullet points can be torn a part with the so called evidence. First it should NOT be regulated as a medicine but rather tobacco or alcohol. Now is someone who is sick says there symptoms are better for what ever disease ummm like MS or some other “noncurable” but pharmaceutical managed disease. Which I personally know three and even Montel Williams say it helps with his MS. WHO are you to tell them otherwise. Guess who the major… Read more »

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surfcitybum
2016 years 2 months ago

Otherwise, you are just spouting your opinion – and one not at all based on fact!

Of course, the rampant abuse/overuse of opiates is perfectly OK with you?

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