Compromises, especially the state budget, have helped the 2021 legislature stand out from the crowd | Government and politics

The law affects the COVID-19 vaccine and all other vaccines that are only available under an emergency permit from the Food and Drug Administration.

The main element of HB96 gives pharmacists permission to administer the COVID-19 vaccine and any other Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccine along with nicotine replacement therapy drugs, self-administered oral and transdermal contraceptives, prenatal vitamins and post-exposure HIV prophylaxis, glucagon , Testosterone and vitamin B12 injections.

Senator Paul Lowe, D-Forsyth, was the Democrats’ primary sponsor of Republican-sponsored bills affecting medical marijuana and sports betting.

Senate Bill 711, which would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, was passed through three Senate committees before stalling on the Gateway Rules and Operations Committee in August. It will likely reappear at the beginning of the 2022 session.

SB711 is the latest of several attempts over the past 12 years to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

The bill’s chances of clearing the Senate are promising, with Senator Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick and chairman of the rules committee, being one of the three main sponsors.

Rabon, a cancer survivor, said SB711 would not serve as a recreational marijuana gateway, despite opponents including Krawiec claiming it does.

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