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Governor signs Carly's Law

The legislation will allow a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to examine the effectiveness of cannabidiol oil to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy.
Governor Robert Bentley signed a legislative bill Tuesday that clears the way for medical research that could lead to treatment using a derivative of marijuana. The legislation will allow a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to examine the effectiveness of cannabidiol oil to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy. Known as Carly’s law, the bill was named in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler of Birmingham, who suffers from a severe neurological disorder.

“As a doctor, I have always been supportive of medical research to discover new medicines that may be able to cure or treat some of our most chronic diseases,” Governor Bentley said. “From the beginning, I supported a clinical trial of cannabidiol oil to research the effectiveness of helping patients with debilitating seizure disorders. Alabama has the best research institutions in the country, and I hope this Alabama-led medical study can bring relief to children, like Carly Chandler. I appreciate the efforts of Carly’s parents to get this bill passed by the Legislature, and I am honored to officially sign it today.”

The bill legalizes marijuana-derived cannabidiol, also known as CBD, as a treatment method and funds research at UAB to study the treatment’s success. CBD comes in oil form and has none of the intoxicating effects of marijuana that might make legalization susceptible to abuse.

The bill was passed by lawmakers during the legislative session that concludes next week. The research will be funded by the Education Trust Fund.

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