Alabama lawmakers approve medical marijuana measure
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[March 21, 2014]
By Verna Gates
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters)
— A medical marijuana
bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on
Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has
said he will sign it into law.
The measure makes it legal to possess only a
prescribed medical grade extract known as CBD or cannabidiol, which
The U.S. Congress in 1972 deemed the oil to have no accepted medical
use and banned it.
However, some studies have shown it to be useful in treating a
number of conditions, including seizures, and it has been legalized
for use in 20 states, according to the Medical Marijuana ProCon
Called Carly's Law, the bill in Alabama originated to help control
violent seizures suffered by a toddler with a severe neurological
The girl's family won the backing of Republican state Rep. Mike
Ball, sponsor of the bill, and the governor, who has indicated his
The bill includes $1 million in funding for a neurology research
project into cannabidiol oil at the University of Alabama at
"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 university's
Department of Neurology.
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The extract is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the
psychoactive compound that gives users the feeling of being high.
(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Gunna Dickson)
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