Cannabis has been at the center of North Carolina Senate bills this week. Wednesday, Michael Lee and Bill Rabon joined together with two Democrats on a bill that establishes a government bureaucracy for medicinal prescriptions. (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)

A North Carolina Senate bill filed by two Cape Fear Republicans alongside two Democrats would install protections for physicians seeking to prescribe cannabis to patients with debilitating medical conditions.

The N.C. Compassionate Care Act — cosponsored primarily by senators Bill Rabon (R-8), Michael Lee (R-9) and Paul Lowe (D-32), also with Kirk deViere (D-19) — doesn’t seek to change the legal status of non-medical cannabis use, but instead would let select providers prescribe North Carolina-grown cannabis to qualified patients for conditions like…



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