US (NC): MMJ bill may go up in smoke despite likely having the votes to pass in the state House

When last we hit on the possibility of medical marijuana being legalized by the North Carolina General Assembly, the House Health Committee had a hearing that led to – well – nothing.

What we now know is that Senate Bill 3, which passed in March with the full-throated endorsement of its primary sponsor, Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick), may be held back again by the House and not passed along for a vote during this session.

That’s because some Republican members of the House apparently don’t get fired up about the bill, and Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has told reporters that even though he sees the votes to pass the bill, that count doesn’t include a “majority” of his caucus, which he called “our rule” for a floor vote.

That has led to disagreements among members, apparently, and even a little bit of political gamesmanship by Rabon (more on that later) to keep the idea alive for a long session that lawmakers hope will end in the next couple of weeks.


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