Alabama Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

By Shawn Dwyer 03/21/14

In a unanimous vote in both the house and senate, Alabama lawmakers have paved the way for doctors to prescribe medical-grade CBD.

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This week, lawmakers in the state of Alabama unanimously passed a bill that would allow for the use of a marijuana-derived oil known as CBD to help children with seizures. Known as Carly’s Law, so named after three-year-old Carly Chandler, who suffers from epileptic seizures due to a rare genetic disorder, the bill sailed through both the state senate and house, and now awaits the signature of Gov. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill will open the doors for researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to prescribe cannabiniod oil to children like Carly. "UAB will undertake research into the mechanisms underlying cannabidiol to learn more about its function and effect on seizures," said David Standaert, chairman of the Department of Neurology at the university. UAB will also receive $1 million in funding for the neurology department in order to fully research the drug.

CBD has been useful in treating a number of disorders, including seizures, which has led to legalization in 20 states so far. "When it comes down crunch time, on the real important issues, we saw last night that we can put down our mantles," said Rep. Allen Farley (R-15), one of the sponsors of the legislation. “We can put down the Ds and Rs. We can put down the conservatives and the liberals. And we can be moms and dads and grandmas and granddads.”

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