ROCK HILL, S.C. —
Rosemary Wallace said medical marijuana made such a difference in her life that she moved from her home in Rock Hill to Colorado just so that she could legally use the drug.
“I was there by myself. My husband was here. I was there,” Wallace said. “That was the worst 10 months of my life for him and me.”
She said with a total knee replacement, three ruptured discs in her back, arthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder, the pain was unbearable and she had to do something.
When she ran out of money she had to return home. She’s keeping a close eye on the medical marijuana bill that’s been introduced in the North Carolina state Legislature this session.
Attorney Ben Scales wrote the bill.
“The time is right for medical cannabis in North Carolina,” Scales said. “I wanted doctors to be able to be free to recommend cannabis for any ailment that they thought it would benefit for their patients.”
He says the North Carolina is actually behind others like California and Colorado that passed similar legislation years ago.
Eddie Caldwell, the head of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association, said the group has not taken an official stand on the proposed legislation.
“I’m not aware of any sheriff who’s asked us to support a bill like that or thinks that that change is appropriate,” Caldwell said.
Wallace now takes gabapentin, but afterwards she has trouble seeing.
If North Carolina passes the bill, she says she’ll quickly move across the state line so she can return to the medical marijuana that she says was more effective.
“I am praying to God that they pass this bill,” Wallace said.
On Tuesday, hundreds are expected to rally at the state Capitol in favor of the medical marijuana bill that has been introduced this session. If it passes, North Carolina would become the first state in the southeast to pass such a law.
If it passes, patients would have to get a referral from their doctor before getting a medical marijuana card. Users would also be able to grow their own marijuana.
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