House panel considers medical marijuana bill

RALEIGH The House Health Committee met Thursday to discuss a bill that would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to possess the drug without being prosecuted.

If the measure passes, a licensing process would be established.

The Marijuana Policy Project says 13 states have laws designed to allow patients to use marijuana to treat illness without threat of state punishment. Federal law does not allow the possession of marijuana.

Opponents of the bill say the drug is dangerous and is linked to health risks and can lead abuses to try other hardcore addictive drugs.

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