Governor Pat McCrory signed into law Thursday a bill that would allow a rare treatment that includes cannabidiol oil from hemp plants to be available in clinical trials in North Carolina.
Gov. McCrory said this law will help ease sufferings but provides common sense regulation.
Under the provisions of the new law, medical professionals are now able to conduct evidence-based studies exploring the safety and efficacy of treating intractable epilepsy with the hemp plant oil extract.
"For some children, this treatment is the only relief they can get from debilitating seizures," said Governor McCrory. "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."
The oil, which has none of the psychoactive chemicals of marijuana, will be legal for North Carolinians with epilepsy who have not responded to treatment and are under the care of a neurologist.
Neurologists affiliated with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest universities are specifically encouraged to undertake the studies in the new law.
Now the legislation has 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.
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.
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