Marijuana is medicine. Marijuana opponents can dispute that claim all they want to, but science is very clear that there are numerous medical benefits to consuming marijuana. Marijuana opponents will try as hard as they can to make it seem like legalizing medical marijuana is bad public policy, but medical marijuana supporters think it's bad public policy to let sick people suffer and force them to either use harmful pharmaceuticals or break the law. Medical marijuana is gaining support in North Carolina. The last three years polls have shown a significant increase in support for medical marijuana in North Carolina. Per North Carolina NORML:
According to a Public Policy Polling survey - conducted in January of 2015 - 69% of the state is now in favor of legalizing medicinal cannabis for card carrying patients. This polling data shows a 6% increase each year since 2013.
The 2015 poll also showed 21% of the state is opposed and 10% undecided. Opposition to medical marijuana dropped 7% and the number of those who are undecided rose 3% since 2014 (63/30/7%). This trend suggests that, given time, people tend to realize the benefits of legal medical cannabis far outweigh the risks. These numbers improved significantly since 2013 (58/33/9%).
Those randomly selected for the survey were asked, "Do you think doctors should be allowed to prescribe marijuana, or not?"
Medical marijuana reform is overdue in North Carolina, and in every state that doesn't have a legal medical marijuana law. No patient should have to suffer and go without a proven medicine because of politics. Anyone who says otherwise lacks compassion and logical reasoning skills. If you live in North Carolina, make sure to contact your legislators as often as you can and provide them with studies and testimonies regarding medical marijuana. And if you are able, make a donation to North Carolina NORML so that they can keep up the good work.