Cannabis extract oil bill clears House Finance

Posted June 19, 2014

— The House Finance Committee signed off on a bill Thursday that would allow certain patients to use oil extracted from marijuana plants to treat seizures. It now heads to the House floor for consideration.

Patients would pay a $50 registration fee so that local sheriffs could be notified they are using the substance, which does not produce a high. 

Members of the House Health Committee approved the bill Wednesday, but one health-related question did temporarily stall Thursday morning's meeting.

"Is there someone from the medical community who can answer a question?" asked House Majority Leader Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell.

When no one answered, Rep. Pat McElraft, R-Carteret, the bill's sponsor, piped up, "I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express."

After waiting for the chuckles to die away, Starnes retorted, "I'm not that sick."

"You could be. The committee isn't over yet," quipped Rep. Mitchell Setzer, R-Catawba.

At that point, Rep. Jim Fulgham, R-Wake, a neurosurgeon, walked into the committee and stemmed the comedy.

The marijuana extract, he explained, is being studied around the world.

"It has been found to be effective so far ... in treating intractable seizures," Fulgham said, describing patients who had multiple seizures every day and for whom other drugs didn't work.

The measure passed on a voice vote.


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  • Joanne Batjer Jun 19, 2014
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  • LetsBeFair Jun 19, 2014

    Just legalize Pot ... who cares.

  • momeeee Jun 19, 2014

    Glad they had some common sense and passed this!

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jun 19, 2014

    A fee for the Sheriff's office? Give me a break. I guess they are having trouble balancing the budget.

  • Geez Louise Jun 19, 2014

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    --They gotta make a buck somehow. $50 to call or write the local sheriffs department with the person's name. Wow, stamps and stationery must be expensive at the agency.

  • Mike Welsch Jun 19, 2014
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    They just need to legailze ALL canabis for both medical and recreational uses. I have neuropathy. When I was younger I smoked marijuana recreationally to be sociable. I smoke it now because it is the only thing that I have found that reduces the pain and numbness sensations.

  • davidgnews Jun 19, 2014

    "Patients would pay a $50 registration fee so that local sheriffs could be notified they are using the substance, which does not produce a high. "

    So then what's the point? You have to sign for a controlled substance at the pharmacy without the sheriff being notified. Besides, this has virtually no potential for abuse. It shouldn't require any more than a signature at the pharmacy.

    That's a very invasive flaw in some otherwise decent legislation for a change.