Vietnam veteran, mothers to sick children push for medical marijuana

- A growing number of North Carolinians are fighting for medical marijuana in their state.

Following the November 2016 election, 29 states and Washington D.C. either allow medical marijuana or have voted to allow it. Medical marijuana is illegal in North Carolina.

"It's a miracle drug to me," U.S. military veteran Perry Parks said.

Parks, who lives in Rockingham, N.C., uses marijuana to treat PTSD.

"Most of the soldiers don't talk about it because it's too ugly to talk about," Parks added.

N.C. House of Representatives member Kelly Alexander, who has introduced medical marijuana legislation in the past, is looking into pushing for a medical marijuana referendum to be placed on the Nov. 2017 ballot.

"The notion that the people ought to decide is something that the conservatives and the liberals ought to both be attracted to," Alexander said.

At this time, the North Carolina Medical Society "supports the development of well-controlled research of the use of marijuana," but at this time --only research.

State lawmakers like Gary Pendleton are holding off on supporting any sort of medical marijuana legislation until the Medical Society backs its use.

In September, the American Legion, representing 2.4 million U.S. military veterans, passed a resolution to, "urge Congress to amend legislation to remove marijuana from Schedule 1 [Drugs] and reclassify it in a category that, at a minimum will recognize cannabis as a drug with potential medical value."

 

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