Legislation allowing the production of low-THC, CBD-rich marijuana has been approved for limited use in a number of states, but it is already in use in states that have broader Medical Marijuana laws.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many chemicals in marijuana. Recent publicity about children who suffer from seizures benefitting from oil extracted from marijuana that has almost no THC (i.e hemp) has set off a wave of legislation like never seen before.
We are going to breakdown the states where treating epilepsy with CBD is or will be legal when legislation is enacted.
CBD SPECIFIC STATES
On Mar. 25, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed HB 105 into law, making Utah the first state to legalize CBD oil. On Mar. 11, Utah’s Senate unanimously passed the bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Gage Froerer, which instructs the state’s Department to Agriculture to grow low-THC industrial hemp for the purpose of producing cannabis oil. Known as the “Plants Extracts Amendment,” the bill allows Utah resdients to acquire the medicine in Colorado and bring it back to Utah.
On Apr. 1, Gov. Robert Bentley signed Carly’s Law, named for three-year-old Carly Chandler, making Alabama the second state to legalize CBD oil. On Mar. 11, Alabama’s Senate voted unanimously in favor of SB 174. The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Sanford, calls for the University of Alabama to conduct research into cannibidiol’s efficacy in treating neurological conditions such as epilepsy. UAB would be able to prescribe the oil to approved patients. One million dollars has been allocated for the study.
On Apr. 11, Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB 124 into law, making Kentucky the third state to legalize CBD oil. On Mar. 12, Kentucky’s Senate unanimously approved the bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Julie Denton. On Mar, 26, the House did the same. The new law alows the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville med schools to conduct research into CBD oil and provide it to patients enrolled in the trial program.
On Apr. 17, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill named for two-year-old Harper Grace Durval, making Mississippi the fifth state to fifth state to legalize CBD oil. The bill calls for the National Center for Natural Products Research in Oxford to produce the medicine.
Florida – LOOKING GOOD!
Last week, the Florida Senate overwhelmingly passed a CBD-only bill 36-3 – the first time Florida state legislators passed a bill to legalize medicinal marijuana. Further, the Florida House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the bill as well with a 111-7 turnout, which surprised many.
Late Thursday, it came to much surprise to supporters that Florida Governor Rick Scott said he would sign the measure if the Senate made the final approval after the House made and approved changes with the compromise bill. “I’m a parent and a grandparent. I want to make sure my children, my grandchildren, have the access to the health care they want,” Gov. Scott explained.
Iowa – LOOKING GOOD!
Iowa lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize possession of a liquid, non-intoxicating form of marijuana as a treatment for severe epilepsy, sending it to Governor Terry Branstad.
Missouri – LOOKING GOOD!
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn’t relieved by other treatments.
On Thursday, the Senate passed the bill 32-0. House members later approved it 136-12, which sends the legislation to Gov. Jay Nixon.
Georgia – Clinical Trials
The Georgia Legislature and Gov. Nathan Deal have made Georgia “the first state in the nation to find a safe, legal way to provide CBD oil to children who suffer seizures from severe forms of epilepsy,” according to Sue Rusche, president and CEO of National Families in Action.
Georgia’s legislature is focussing on research and clinical trials instead of legalizing the use of CBD.
In addition to planned clinical trials, Georgia also may become the first state in the nation to create a statewide expanded access IND program through the Food and Drug Administration to provide a safe, legal pharmaceutical version of CBD. The Georgia bill outlines what that looks like.
MEDICAL CANNABIS STATES
CBD is already readily available in most states where Medical Marijuana is already law, for specific laws for each of these states, links are provided below.