GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE BILL 1220
Committee Substitute Favorable 6/19/14
Short Title: Hope 4 Haley and Friends.
May 28, 2014
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to create a compassionate use registry for the use and administration of hemp oil extract for people suffering from intractable seizure disorders and to provide that compassionate use registrants are not subject to criminal penalties for the possession and use of hemp oil extract when possessed and used to treat intractable seizure disorders.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 90‑94.1. Exemption for use or possession of hemp extract.
(a) As used in this section, "hemp extract" means an extract from a cannabis plant, or a mixture or preparation containing cannabis plant material, that has all of the following characteristics:
(1) Is composed of less than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) tetrahydrocannabinol by weight.
(2) Is composed of at least ten percent (10%) cannabidiol by weight.
(3) Contains no other psychoactive substance.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, an individual may possess or use hemp extract, and is not subject to the penalties described in this Chapter, if the individual satisfies all of the following criteria:
(1) Possesses or uses the hemp extract only to treat intractable epilepsy, as defined in G.S. 90‑113.101.
(2) Possesses, in close proximity to the hemp extract, a certificate of analysis that indicates the hemp extract's ingredients, including its percentages of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol by weight.
(3) Has a current hemp extract registration card issued by the Department of Health and Human Services under Article 5G of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Chapter, an individual who possesses hemp extract lawfully under this section may administer hemp extract to another person under the individual's care and is not subject to the penalties described in this Chapter for administering the hemp extract to the person if both of the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) The individual is the person's caregiver, as defined in G.S. 90‑113.101.
(2) The individual is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services to administer hemp extract under G.S. 90‑113.102.
SECTION 2. Chapter 90 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:
"Compassionate Use Registration Act.
"§ 90‑113.100. Short title.
This act may be cited as the "North Carolina Compassionate Use Registration Act."
"§ 90‑113.101. Definitions.
(a) Caregiver. – An individual who is a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a person diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
(b) Compassionate Use Registration Card. – A hemp extract registration card issued by the Department of Health and Human Services under this Article.
(c) Database. – The compassionate use database, established by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to this Article, to register caregivers and patients who suffer from intractable epilepsy.
(d) Department. – The Department of Health and Human Services.
(e) Hemp Extract. – An extract from a cannabis plant, as defined in G.S. 90‑94.1(a).
(f) Intractable Epilepsy. – A seizure disorder that, as determined by a neurologist, does not respond to three or more treatment options overseen by the neurologist.
(g) Neurologist. – An individual who is licensed under Article 1 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes, who is board certified in neurology, and is affiliated with the neurology department at one or more of the following universities:
(1) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(2) Duke University.
(3) Wake Forest University.
(h) Patient. – A person who has been diagnosed by a neurologist with intractable epilepsy.
(i) Registrant. – An individual to whom the Department issues a hemp extract registration card under this Article.
"§ 90‑113.102. Compassionate use registration card; application; fees.
(a) The Department shall, in coordination with recommendations from the Department of Public Safety, establish the form and content of compassionate use registration cards to be issued to individuals who satisfy the requirements set forth in this section.
(b) The Department shall issue a compassionate use registration card, valid for a period of one year from issuance, to an individual who satisfies all of the following criteria:
(1) Is at least 18 years of age.
(2) Is a resident of North Carolina.
(3) Provides the Department with a statement signed by a neurologist that satisfies all of the following:
a. Demonstrates that a patient in the caregiver's care satisfies all of the following criteria:
1. Has been examined and is under the care of the neurologist.
2. Suffers from intractable epilepsy.
3. May benefit from treatment with hemp extract.
b. Contains a recommendation for the use of hemp extract for treatment of intractable epilepsy.
c. Is consistent with records received from the neurologist, concerning the patient, contained in the database described in G.S. 90‑113.103.
(4) Pays the Department a fee, not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), established by the Department under G.S. 90‑113.105.
(5) Submits an application to the Department that contains all of the following:
a. The caregiver's name and address.
b. The patient's name and address.
c. A copy of the caregiver's valid government‑issued photo identification.
d. Any additional information the Department finds necessary to implement this Article.
(c) The Department shall renew a compassionate use registration card upon certification from the caregiver and the neurologist that all information initially provided to the Department under subsection (b) of this section is current or has been updated to reflect any changes. The Department shall charge a fee for renewal of a compassionate use registration card, not to exceed twenty‑five dollars ($25.00), established under G.S. 90‑113.105.
"§ 90‑113.103. Compassionate use database; Departmental duties.
(a) The Department shall create a secure, electronic, and online compassionate use registry for the registration of neurologists, caregivers, and patients as provided by this Article. The registry must be accessible to law enforcement agencies in order to verify registration of caregivers. The registry must prevent an active registration of a patient by multiple neurologists. At a minimum, the database shall consist of:
(1) The name of each registered caregiver.
(2) The name of each registered patient.
(3) The name and address of the neurologist submitting a statement for the recommendation of hemp extract for a patient.
(b) The Department shall contact the county department of health where the patient resides and provide the following information:
(1) The name and address of the registrant.
(2) Identifying information contained on the compassionate use registration card.
"§ 90‑113.104. Immunity for neurologists; medical records.
(a) On a case‑by‑case basis, neurologists may approve of dispensation to a registrant, as approved by this Article, hemp oil acquired from another jurisdiction.
(b) A neurologist shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, penalized or disciplined in any manner, or denied any right or privilege for approving or recommending the use of hemp oil or providing a written statement or health records to the Department for the use of hemp oil pursuant to this Article.
(c) A neurologist who signs a statement as described in G.S. 90‑113.102(a)(3) shall:
(1) Keep a record of the evaluation and observation of a patient under the neurologist's care, including the patient's response to hemp extract treatment.
(2) Transmit the record described in subdivision (1) of this subsection to the Department upon request.
(d) All medical records received or maintained by the Department pursuant to this Article are confidential and may not be disclosed to the public. Nothing in this Article is intended to alter the provisions of G.S. 8‑53 or G.S. 8‑53.1.
"§ 90‑113.105. Rule making.
The Department shall adopt rules in accordance with Article 2A of Chapter 150B of the General Statutes to implement the provisions of this Article."
SECTION 3. The General Assembly encourages the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and Wake Forest University to conduct research on hemp extract development, production, and use for the treatment of seizure disorders and to participate in any ongoing or future clinical studies or trials.
SECTION 4. Section 1 of this act becomes effective October 1, 2014. The remainder of this act becomes effective June 30, 2014. No later than October 1, 2014, the Department shall establish and adopt rules to implement the provisions of this act.