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Medical pot proposal gets bipartisan support in NC Senate

David Snyder
"Ranger on marijuana grows eradication duty" by North Cascades National Park is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The North Carolina Senate has formally backed a regulatory framework to legalize marijuana for medical use. The chamber voted Thursday for legislation that would allow people with one of more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions” to get their doctor's prescription to receive cannabis or cannabis-infused products. Ten licensed entities could grow and process products that would be sold at dozens of dispensaries. Two-thirds of the Republicans in the chamber joined nearly all Democrats in giving tentative approval. One more Senate vote is needed next week before the bill goes to the House, where Speaker Tim Moore says the topic likely wouldn't be discussed until 2023.