NC medical marijuana advocates take legalization message straight to lawmakers

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Advocates for medical marijuana in North Carolina took their message straight to state lawmakers Thursday.

A group called NC Women for Cannabis held a display inside the General Assembly and also held a “funeral” for the bills that have been filed that would legalize medical marijuana.

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None of the bills have passed either the House or Senate and Thursday was the crossover deadline, which likely means the bills are dead for the two-year legislative session.

“Medical cannabis is a vital issue to me and could save a lot of people’s lives and not just from cancer,” said Rebecca Forbes, a medical marijuana advocate and lymphoma survivor. “There’s a lot of research coming out on autism, on seizures, on [multiple sclerosis] and Parkinson’s.”

Despite the failure of the bills to pass either chamber, medical marijuana supporters said they will continue advocating for their cause.

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