WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2015)— The Coalition for Access Now- a non-profit coalition comprised of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nation-wide—released today the following statement in support of Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) signing North Carolina HB 766.
The statement comes just a few months after the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015(S. 1333), and the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1635), were introduced to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. S. 1333 and H.R. 1635 are rapidly gaining support from both sides of aisle, including sponsors Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), and recently Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). The Coalition is continuing to encourage both state and federal representatives to join the movement, and is thankful to have Governor McCrory to help bring both awareness and support of this urgent issue.
“We would like to thank Governor McCrory for providing the families of North Carolina the access they need to help their loved ones. Legalizing low-THC cannabis oil for medication-resistant epilepsies has given children and their families new hope and better chance at life,” said Coalition Founder Paige Figi. “We are thrilled to see more states recognize the urgency to provide those with debilitating conditions access to CBD oil. We continue to look for national support to help change federal law, and ask that representatives on both the state and federal level recognize this critical situation and take action immediately. By removing hemp oil from the Controlled Substances Act, we can give thousands of families across the country access to hemp oil therapies.”
Two state representatives who have been critical in the passing of HB 766 are Rep. Pat McElraft and Sen. Tommy Tucker. The Coalition is grateful to both Rep. McElraft and Sen. Tucker for the impact they have made by helping push the bill through the State House.
The North Carolina legislation allows board-certified neurologists across the state to be able to recommend low THC cannabis oils to any patient with intractable epilepsy; the legislation will go into action August 1st. Two weeks ago, the bill was passed unanimously in the North Carolina State Senate, and passed in the House on July 14th with all but two Representatives in support.
For the complete text of the HB 766, visit the North Carolina Legislation website.
About The Coalition for Access Now
The Coalition for Access Now is a non-profit organization of thousands of American families that was formed to educate the lawmakers and the public on the difference between hemp oil and marijuana, as well as the health benefits of therapeutic hemp oil for the treatment of chronic health conditions. Limited access to hemp oil due to legal restrictions in many states has created thousands of medical refugees nationally. Through the support of federal lawmakers, the Coalition announced the “Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015.” The bipartisan legislation will give families across the country the access they need by removing hemp oil from the Controlled Substances Act.
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