The bill was approved by a margin of 112-1 in the State House and 45-0 in the State Senate.
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has announced he will sign a bill into law that will make it legal to use a marijuana oil in North Carolina for children with seizure disorders.
The bill was approved by a margin of 112-1 in the State House and 45-0 in the State Senate. The new law will allow for medical use of cannabidiol oil for the treatment of seizures disorders, particularly those that afflict children.
Gov. McCrory said this law will help ease sufferings but provides common sense regulation.
"This law will help ease the suffering endured by children from whom no other treatments are effective against their seizures," Governor McCrory said. "I want to congratulate the General Assembly for crafting a bill that not only improves the lives of many North Carolina children and their parents, but also provides common sense regulation and facilitates clinical research at our major research universities."
Senator Thom Goolsby was one of the law makers pushing to get the bill passed.
"I am pleased to report the Senate's unanimous approval of the use of modified hemp oil to help children with epilepsy," Senator Thom Goolsby said. "We amended the bill to allow it's immediate use, as soon as DHHS establishes rules, instead of October 31,as in the original bill."
Now that the bill passed, it clears the way for Mia Morley and her family to move back to North Carolina. The Morleys moved to Colorado in April so that Mia, 6, could legally get the marijuana treatment called Charlotte's Web.
Mia, who has not been able to walk or talk since birth has shown signs of improvement since she started the treatment in late April.
"It's been fantastic," Dylan said. "It's been everything we hoped for."
Dylan and his wife, Kelly, have watched the bill closely from Colorado and believe it's a push from the people of North Carolina that's made the difference.
Dylan is excited the bill picked up momentum so quickly.
"Our family is ecstatic. This is such an amazing day for the epilepsy community and all of the families and children suffering from this dreadful disease," Dylan said. "We had lost all hope, as have so many others. Here in Colorado our Hope has been rejuvenated by Mia's progress using this treatment. So many people have worked together to bring this hope home to NC, and now it is nearly a reality. I pray Governor McCrory acts quickly and signs our bill into law."
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