The Medical Marijuana Fight Is Only Just Beginning In North Carolina

The Medical Marijuana Fight Is Only Just Beginning In North Carolina

Lawmakers in North Carolina certainly aren’t laughing.

Last week, members of the House Rules, Calendar, and Operations Committee killed House Bill 84: The North Carolina Medical Marijuana Act, which sought to allow for the physician authorized consumption of cannabis.

Why did members defeat the measure? Simply put: with an estimated 60 percent of North Carolina voters on record in support of legalizing medical marijuana, they could no longer laugh at you.

And with over 1,000 of you having sent e-mails and made phone calls to your elected officials in support of HB 84, they certainly couldn’t ignore you.

So instead they have decided to fight you — and hope that you go away:

The House Rules Committee voted Wednesday to give an unusual “unfavorable report” to the measure after brief debate and public comment.

According to Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake),  lawmakers we’re being “harassed” with phone calls and emails from citizens asking to advance the medical marijuana legislation.

“We did it to be done with it, so people could move on for the session,” said Rep. Stam.

The committee listened to public comments about the bill for about 20 minutes before voting.

The Committee’s actions were taken because the tide is turning. They are fighting back. We should expect them to do so. But we should also expect to win.

The Committee provided fewer than 24-hours public notice that they would hear the bill.  Nonetheless, dozens of advocates packed the Committee chamber to make their voices heard.

Only one person showed up to testify against the measure.

In a democracy, elected officials are presumed to represent the interests of their constituents. North Carolina lawmakers have brazenly failed to do so. Tell them that their actions will not be forgotten come election time.

Contact information for the The House Rules Committee is available here.

Contact information for the Committee’s Vice-Chair Paul Stam is here.

Additional information on next steps in North Carolina will be posted shortly on the website of North Carolina NORML here and/or on their Facebook page here.

According to the North Carolina legislature website, the following Representatives are members of the House Rules Committee:

  • nccitizen

    excellent article! well Written!! Everyone call and voice your opinion please!!

  • MikeParent

    How brazen were those “representatives”?

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  • Anarchy_is_not_a_bad_word

    They need to be impeached and imprisoned for dereliction of their duties and damages to citizenry. Hell if people are pissed enough in North Carolina I think treason may still be punishable by hanging if deemed appropriate. Bet your ass they wouldn’t spit in the peoples faces of North Carolina ever again in the near future if they see one of their cohorts hanging by his neck on the front lawn of the Capital.

    • ozzy

      i agree but im to chickensh^t to say it the way you did and i’ll bet tons of people are pissed off