NORTH CAROLINA: A House committee was poised to consider a bill Tuesday that would have cleared the way for use of a kind of medicinal marijuana to treat a seizure disorder. But the committee meeting was cancelled just before it was scheduled to meet.
Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, said the bill wasn’t ready to be considered and that he did not know when the meeting would be rescheduled.
The bill would allow for hemp oil extract taken from a marijuana plant to be used to treat intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder unresponsive to three or more treatment options overseen by a neurologist.
According to the current version of the bill, a person could use marijuana oil extract if they meet certain conditions. The person has to suffer from intractable epilepsy, be 18 years old, a North Carolina resident and be examined by a neurologist who recommends hemp extract oil. The patient would also have to pay $50 the Department of Health and Human Services, apply for a permit and submit their contact information to a government database for patients who are using the hemp oil for medicinal purposes. The database would be accessible to law enforcement agencies.