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Marijuana reform: Ex-military and Republican activists now on board

Marijuana [1]The movement to end marijuana prohibition is slowly and quietly gathering steam in North Carolina — sometimes with surprising champions.

As WRAL.com explains [2], a large group of activists came to the General Assembly yesterday:

“About 150 people turned out Thursday to lobby state lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana, marking the largest turnout in years. Even supporters of legalization say it’s unlikely to happen this year, but they say momentum is growing.

Tammy Tiffany, who hurt her back in an accident four years ago, uses medical marijuana to manage the pain. She said it gave her her life back from prescription drugs.

‘I don’t want to do the pain pills any more, the opiates, the anti-depressants,’ Tiffany said. ‘It’s a rabbit hole. When you go down, it’s very hard to come back out of, and it can cost you your life.'”

Meanwhile, as an article in the Fayetteville Observer [3] explained, those championing legalization include a growing group of military veterans who are pushing to make the drug legal for pain management.

“The veterans, mostly retired senior noncommissioned officers or officers, have something else in common: They are Republicans.

The Fayetteville veterans are the core of the growing North Carolina Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, or N.C. RAMP.”

Yesterday’s lobby day came as at least two significant bills with multiple sponsors now await action in the General Assembly: the “Enact Medical Cannabis Act” [4] and “Medical Marijuana for terminally Ill Patients” [5] proposal. As the Observer article notes, there is also bipartisan legislation in Congress on the subject.

Stay tuned. There may finally be some light at the end of the tunnel on the move to end this important issue.