RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new hemp extract bill into law in an effort to help people with intractable epilepsy.
That means those affected in North Carolina will be able to use a hemp extract, like Charlotte’s Web, to treat their condition starting Aug. 1. The oil can not be used to get high.
The original bill required neurologists to conduct a pilot study if they chose to recommend CBD oil.
The revised bill, HB 766, removed the pilot study because the doctors were not recommending the oil.
Several North Carolina families moved to Colorado for CBD oil because it is legal there.
They say it has helped their children with intractable epilepsy.
Liz Gorman moved from North Carolina to Colorado Springs for the hemp extract to help her daughter, Maddie.
Gorman has been actively lobbying the North Carolina State Legislature to pass the revised CBD bill that was signed into law by McCrory.
She said now,the biggest hurdle is figuring out how families will be able to get the CBD oil.
“It’s illegal federally, at the moment, to travel with it. But there are some companies that are shipping it and have been doing so for a little bit. There are also people who supply it from South Carolina. South Carolina’s bill allows for the cultivation as well,” Gorman said.
One of the main sponsors of the bill, Rep. Pat McElraft (R-Carteret) is convinced that HB 766 will finally accomplish what the hemp extract bill originally set out to do.
“It’s going to be wonderful for these children that are in Colorado now to be able to come back home,” she said.
The bill passed the Senate unanimously 47-0 and passed the House 112-2.