Medical marijuana supporters rally at NC legislature; bill sponsor says momentum is growing

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Supporters of the legal use of medical marijuana in North Carolina are trying to persuade lawmakers to back it now that more than 20 states have similar laws.

Multiple media outlets reported more than 100 people rallied Thursday at the Legislative Building for a medical cannabis law. Chief bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Alexander of Charlotte says momentum is growing for the idea. There are 14 other bill co-sponsors. But the measure still faces an uphill climb in the House. It would have to clear five committees to reach the chamber floor.

The Legislature last year did pass a measure making lawful the use of an extract made from a marijuana plant to treat severe epilepsy. Some people attending the rally said they use marijuana to manage successfully chronic pain.

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