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.
According to the North Carolina legislature website, the following Representatives are members of the House Rules Committee:
- Chairman: Tim Moore (R) – Tim.Moore@ncleg.net
- Vice Chairman: Justin P. Burr (R) - Justin.Burr@ncleg.net
- Vice Chairman: Paul Stam (R) - Paul.Stam@ncleg.net
- John M. Blust (R) - John.Blust@ncleg.net
- James L. Boles, Jr. (R) - Jamie.Boles@ncleg.net
- Marcus Brandon (D) - Marcus.Brandon@ncleg.net
- William D. Brisson (D) - William.Brisson@ncleg.net
- Becky Carney (D) - Becky.Carney@ncleg.net
- N. Leo Daughtry (R) - Leo.Daughtry@ncleg.net
- Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D) - Jean.Farmer-Butterfield@ncleg.net
- Elmer Floyd (D) - Elmer.Floyd@ncleg.net
- Larry D. Hall (D) - Larry.Hall@ncleg.net
- Susi H. Hamilton (D) - Susi.Hamilton@ncleg.net
- Kelly E. Hastings (R) - Kelly.Hastings@ncleg.net
- Bryan R. Holloway (R) - Bryan.Holloway@ncleg.net
- Darren G. Jackson (D) - Darren.Jackson@ncleg.net
- Linda P. Johnson (R) - Linda.Johnson2@ncleg.net
- David R. Lewis (R) - David.Lewis@ncleg.net
- Tim D. Moffitt (R) - Tim.Moffitt@ncleg.net
- Jason Saine (R) - Jason.Saine@ncleg.net
- Ruth Samuelson (R) - Ruth.Samuelson@ncleg.net
- Edgar V. Starnes (R) - Edgar.Starnes@ncleg.net
- Mike C. Stone (R) - Michael.Stone@ncleg.net
- John A. Torbett (R) - John.Torbett@ncleg.net