June 18th, 2009 – RALEIGH β€” In a historic first, the House Committee on Health will take testimony on House Bill 1380, a measure to 750px-flag_of_north_carolinasvgprotect seriously ill North Carolinians from the risk of arrest and jail for using marijuana for medical purposes if their physician recommends it. The session, scheduled for noon June 18 at the Legislative Office Building, room 544, will be North Carolina’s first-ever legislative hearing on a measure that would provide effective protection to medical marijuana patients.

Rep. Earl Jones (D-Greensboro) and witnesses will speak, including: Perry Parks, of Richmond County, a Vietnam veteran, pilot and former corporate safety director who suffers from degenerative disk disease; Billy Cates, of Davidson County, who experiences severe pain resulting from a broken neck; Jean Marlowe, of Polk County, who suffers from porphyria, an illness that causes pain and nerve damage; Ann Hodges, a registered nurse from Wilson County, who suffers from back pain and has an implanted spinal stimulator; and Janet Osburn, a registered nurse from Johnston County, with severe fibromyalgia.

With more than 27,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org. Source.

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