Medical marijuana legalization pushed by NC lawmaker

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NORTH CAROLINA —

A North Carolina lawmaker is pushing to legalize a form of medical marijuana.

Representative Pat McElraft is filing a bill that would legalize an oil extracted from a strain of marijuana that she says would help families with children who suffer from seizures.

In January, Eyewitness News shared that some local families are moving to Colorado to take advantage of the oil.

On Monday, Colorado’s Department of Revenue reported the state made roughly $2 million in taxes on marijuana, and that consumers spent more than $14 million buying it.

Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, but commercial sales did not begin until January. Marijuana sales in Washington State start later this year.