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McCrory signs hemp oil bill into law

Posted July 3, 2014

— Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows the use of cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana, for the medical treatment of seizure disorders.

The measure passed by unanimous vote in the Senate last week and a 112-1 vote in the House. McCrory, along with lawmakers in both chambers, hailed the bill as a blessing for families with children suffering from intractable seizures that have no other effective treatment.

"For some children, this treatment is the only relief they can get from debilitating seizures,” McCrory said in a statement. "Additionally, provisions in this law will lead to clinical research at our universities that could help in the development of new and more widely accessible therapies."

Under the bill, families and their neurologists would have to register with the state to possess and administer the CBD oil. Physicians also would be required to participate in a state pilot study of the effectiveness of the treatment on seizure disorders.

The bill initially called for the CBD oil to become legal as of Oct. 1, but lawmakers moved that date up to allow families to start using it in North Carolina as soon as the Department of Health and Human Services drafts rules for the pilot study.

The legislation also calls on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, Wake Forest University and East Carolina University to work with the registered neurologists on clinical studies of the CBD oil. Universities also could start growing hemp to conduct research on the plant itself.

The psychoactive element in marijuana has been almost eliminated from the CBD plants.


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  • wflamm Jul 3, 2014

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    - There is no THC, it has nothing in it to get anyone high. Read the bill for Gosh sakes. It is no more harmful than aloe vera and has absolutely no street value because it doesn't get anyone high. Please educate yourself before making statements.

  • wflamm Jul 3, 2014

    This bill is not about anything that gets anyone high. It is a plant w/ no THC. We don't want our kids high. However, they ARE high on pharma drugs that aren't working for them. This plant is so benign considering it has no THC and no bad side effects and once again NO HIGH. That there is nothing to discuss. It is no more different than giving someone aloe vera or flax. Get over it and educate yourself on how cannabis went in to prohibition. It was all over money. I can understand concerns over cannabis that gets folks high, but w/ THC removed this does NOT get anyone high.

  • TheCape Jul 3, 2014

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    This made me laugh.

    Also yeah for legalizing this stuff! Wish we could just legalize the whole thing and be done with it.

  • Paul M Jul 3, 2014

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    Tell that to the little girl that has 60 to 70 seizures a day.

  • John Taylor Jul 3, 2014
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    As a person with Epilepsy and have watched my family suffer whenever I have a break through seizure I am very happy this bill passed into law to help children with Dravet syndrome. Anyone who disagrees has never been put in the situation these parents are, they know that anytime someone has a seizure they could die. Would you want to see a family member or friend die when this could stop it from happening. Stop with the political nonsense I am a republican and a christan and know this medication is a great thing to happen for parents who now have something to help their children. Anyone who says otherwise is wrong and should become educated about the medical use of this oil.

  • Winchester-.308 Jul 3, 2014

    Once again this administration hits a homerun! Good job, AGAIN, Governor!

  • Danny22 Jul 3, 2014

    I voted for McCrory but I disagree with this bill.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 3, 2014

    This could be good news. The liberals may be so out of it they forget when election day is so they can vote for their free money. All for this!

  • Jump1 Jul 3, 2014

    Next you will be able to buy marijuana over the counter, what will the cops do now for fun??? No one to arrest.

  • icdumbpeople Jul 3, 2014

    Wonderful News!!