RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Governor Pat McCrory signed North Carolina's CBD oil bill late Thursday afternoon. There was no fanfare, no press release, and no major announcement. HB 766 is law.
This means CBD oils – cannabis oils – will be legal in North Carolina starting August 1.
CBD oils (or hemp oils) are genetically engineered from a marijuana plant to be very low in THC. Though this is a strain of medical marijuana, people that use it can't get high. The oils are a liquid medicine.
McCrory's signature means board-certified neurologists across the state will be able to recommend CBD oils to any patient with intractable epilepsy. A database to record those names will be up and running on August 1.
The word "recommend" is used because the oils can't be prescribed. Pharmacies won't have them in stock.
The law doesn't say where patients are supposed to get them and does not give anyone permission to cultivate the medicine themselves.
Two weeks ago this bill passed the Senate unanimously 47-0.
It passed the House 112-2, with two Representatives voting no.
CBD oils aren't FDA-approved, but dozens of states have laws that legalize some form of them.