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RALEIGH, N.C. — They weren’t exactly who you might expect to extol the virtues of marijuana.

Military wives. An octogenarian. Republicans.

But there they were, person after person, telling state legislators they should let the sick and ailing use cannabis to treat cancer, chronic pain, depression, seizure disorders, arthritis and other medical issues.

A N.C. House judiciary committee heard about an hour of passionate testimony Wednesday, most of it in support of House Bill 78, which would legalize marijuana use with a prescription and would create a regulatory system for it.

But committee members rejected the bill, ending North Carolina’s chances to join the 23 states that allow some form of legal marijuana.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record