Group backs medical marijuana use in NC

Group backs medical marijuana use in NC

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Moyock residents Cole Barlow (left) and Bill Rawson have formed the group NE NC Cannabis to advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in North Carolina. The group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Moyock Public Library. Twenty-nine states have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Two men from Moyock are working to make North Carolina state number 30. Bill Rawson and Cole Barlow founded the group NE NC Cannabis to raise regional support for a bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in North Carolina. Formed earlier this summer, NE NC Cannabis meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Moyock Public Library. Barlow, 22, said he and Rawson formed the group after being inspired by several residents in Asheville who sought and gained support from that town’s City Council. "I wanted to do the same thing," said Barlow, who added that the group aims to become part of a bigger coalition of organizations advocating the legalization of medical marijuana. "It’s all about coalition building," said Rawson. "You have to work together." In June, the Asheville City Council approved a resolution supporting House Bill 185 and Senate Bill 648. The bill, also known as the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, was filed in February and among its sponsors on the House side was Rep. Howard J. Hunter III, a Democrat who represents Pasquotank County. Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram, D-Chowan, was listed as a sponsor of the Senate version. The bill was first filed Feb. 22 in the House and five days later passed on first reading. The Senate’s version of the bill followed a similar process, but both versions of the bills appear to have fizzled out after being referred to committees. Rawson, 38, said supporters will have to wait till next year for state […]

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