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Bill to legalize CBD oils in NC to be introduced

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A bill will be introduced Tuesday in Raleigh that will ask North Carolina to legalize CBD oils, a strain of medical marijuana.

It's the first time a bill to specifically legalize this strain of the drug will be formally pitched to politicians.

CBD oils are made with such a low level of THC (the stuff in marijuana that gets you high), that the legislator introducing the bill tells WBTV she isn't even using the actual word "marijuana" in the bill's language.  She's going to classify CBD oils as "hemp".

"I feel very comfortable that we are going to get it passed," said Representative Republican Pat McElraft, from Carteret County. "I have been talking with politicians on both sides of the aisle and have received favorable opinions from both Democrats and Republicans in the House.  I think part of the reason I have bi-partisan support is that the bill is very narrow."

McElraft says the bill will work like this:

  • CBD oils will be sent to three North Carolina hospitals – UNC, Duke and Wake Forest.
  • Patients 18 years and younger who suffer from certain forms of epilepsy, will get the oil prescribed through their physician.
  • Families will have to register their children through their county's Department of Health Services; Sheriffs' Offices will then know the medicine will be in the home.
  • Neurologists at the hospitals will (hopefully, McElraft says) be able to collect data on their patients for 2 years.
  • That could help North Carolina become part of a clinical trial.

If this bill becomes law in North Carolina as it's currently written, it would allow families who have moved to Colorado to get their kids on CBD oils, to move back.

McElraft says she's naming the bill "Hope for Haley", in honor of 6-year-old Haley Ward.  Ward suffers from a genetic disorder that causes severe seizures.  She lives in McElraft's district of Carteret County.

"Haley has waited so long for something that, absolutely, we are praying this will work for her," said McElraft.

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