An appeal for a resolution supporting legalizing medical cannabis in North Carolina was made during the Winston-Salem City Council’s public comment session last week.
Tim Lounsbury, deputy director of NC NORML and a Winston-Salem resident, told the City Council that medical cannabis is already legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. He’s hoping if cities in North Carolina support legalizing it, then the General Assembly will act on it.
“Physicians in conjunction with their patients should be allowed to make medical decisions and explore all potential treatment options, including medical cannabis,” said Lounsbury.
NC NORML is a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which advocates legalizing “responsible use of marijuana by adults” and ensuring that access is safe, convenient and affordable. There’s been sweeping changes in state laws across the country on marijuana in recent years. Aside from more than half the country allowing for medical cannabis, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for recreational use. Marijuana still remains illegal under federal law.
“Cannabis is becoming more widely