“The House Rules Committee has killed a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana, an effort by House leaders to stem a tide of phone calls and emails on the topic.
It is somewhat unusual to give a measure an unfavorable report. Typically, bills that won’t pass merely sit in committee unheard and untended.
“We did it to be done with it, so people could move on for the session,” said Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, R-Wake. He said lawmakers we’re being “harassed” with phone calls and emails about medical marijuana.
The committee listened to public comments about the bill for about 20 minutes before voting.
[Despite every other attendee supporting the measure,] only one person, Jere Royall with the North Carolina Family Policy Council, urged lawmakers to vote down the bill.