Majority of North Carolininans support medical marijuana

Posted by Ana McKenzie on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

A recent Public Policy Polling study reveals that 58 percent of Tar Heels under age 65 support legalizing medical marijuana.

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"Those numbers are significant and somewhat surprising," said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of marijuana lobbying group NORML, in a statement. "Support for marijuana law reform is at an all-time high nationally, but we had expected public opinion in the South to be significantly different from the national numbers."

Mecklenburg Democrat Kelly Alexander will introduce a legalization bill to the General Assembly this session. NORML and the North Carolina Cannabis Patients' Network are hosting a rally at the state capital Feb. 12 to support his efforts.

"I have spoken to many legislators who say privately that they understand the need to change our approach to marijuana, at least for disabled veterans and others who suffer from debilitating disease," said Perry Parks, a Vietnam vet and member of the patient's network group. "But the public, as this poll shows, is way out in front of our politicians on this issue."

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North Carolina needs to take this opportunity to pass 577. Not only will it be a much needed bold statement here in the South, but will also show other "southern" states that the time is long overdue to get with the program. Im a 35 year old male who has had severe Chrohns Disease for as long as I can remember. I wish I had a dollar for every Gastroenterologist who has told me that medical marijuana would be one of their very first "go to" meds for me. Instead I have to take a cabinet full of maintenance meds that cost a fortune and hardly work (if ever)! Now I have no insurance because a free-lance Photojournalist with two college degrees does not qualify for coverage. I cant even get Medicaid if I wanted to. LETS PASS THIS BILL NORTH CAROLINA, and show the "bible belt" that the reason this medicine even exists must be from some higher power. Its just a shame that this is even an issue in 2013 with all of the real issues that should be taking precedence. Make us proud NC legislators (and very happy ;-)

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