Alabama Legislature Passes Bill to Establish Million Dollar Medical Cannabis Study, Goes to Governor
Alabama’s full Legislature has passed Senate Bill 174, a proposal to establish a study on the use of cannabis extract in treating seizure disorders.
The measure passed the Senate unanimously today, approving minor changes made by the House of Representatives (which also passed the bill unanimously); the measure now heads to Governor Robert Bentley, who can either sign the bill into law, let it become law without his signature, or veto it.
The proposal would authorize the University of Alabama’s Department of Neurology to prescribe, produce and distribute low-THC cannabis extracts (specifically, cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis) to those with seizure disorders, in order for them to then study the benefits of the medicine.
The bill, named Carly’s Law in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler who suffers from epilepsy, would be funded with $1 million from the state’s Education Trust Fund.