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As medical director of the North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network (NCCPN) and as a physician certified in cannabinoid medicine by the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM) who has practiced cannabinoid medicine part time in the state of Hawaii for over 4 years, I have a unique perspective on Carolina's need to make medical cannabis a legal option.

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First of all, let's be honest. Cannabis is a safe medicine. Relatively and factually speaking, sugar is more dangerous than cannabis. Over-the-counter medications like tylenol and aspirin are more dangerous than cannabis. Not a single death has ever (EVER!) been attributed to cannabis use. Compare that to the one death every 24 minutes from prescription pharmaceuticals (People. 1/28/2013). And yet this safe healing herb with thousands of years of effective medical use has been demonized for political (and even worse) reasons.

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Second, cannabis effectively treats a wide range of health conditions, generally with less side effects than the pharmaceutical drugs routinely prescribed by physicians to treat those conditions. My patients generally prefer cannabis both in terms of efficacy and (its relative lack of) side effects to the pharmaceutical alternatives, and they routinely report that it actually helps them get their lives back – actually increasing productivity at work and at home. Patients are waking up to the dangers and costs of pharmaceutical drugs, and a growing number of them feel safer and more empowered with a plant they can cultivate in their own garden.

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My role here as medical director of NCCPN puts my “finger on the pulse” of countless Carolinians whose stories would touch your heart if you gave them your attention. I urge you to visit our “testimonials” page on our website: NCCPN.org. The need and demand is here.

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North Carolina voters overwhelmingly support allowing doctors to decide if our terribly sick and suffering patients should use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Despite this strong support, our legislature has either ignored or killed legislation that would amend our state statutes to allow just that. Thankfully, Rep. Kelly Alexander continues to champion for the rights of those less fortunate.

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Rep. Alexander has introduced a bill that, if passed by a three-fifths majority of both the House and Senate, will put a question to the people this November. The question asked of the voters would be whether the state should add a section to our constitution allowing for medical marijuana. The bill in question is HB 1161, and I am writing you to ask for your support. All you have to do is vote “yes” to putting a constitutional amendment on November’s ballot. Please vote “yes” on HB 1161.

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Sincerely,

Kevin Baiko, MD

AACM Certified Diplomat

NCCPN Medical Director

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