MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley officially signed Senate Bill 174, also known as Carly’s Law on Tuesday.
The bill legalizes an oil derived from the cannabis plant to be used for medical purposes to treat seizure disorders.
“As a doctor, I have always been supportive of medical research to discover new medicines that may be able to cure or treat some of our most chronic diseases,” Governor Robert Bentley said.
“From the beginning, I supported a clinical trial of cannabidiol oil to research the effectiveness of helping patients with debilitating seizure disorders. Alabama has the best research institutions in the country, and I hope this Alabama-led medical study can bring relief to children, like Carly Chandler. I appreciate the efforts of Carly’s parents to get this bill passed by the Legislature, and I am honored to officially sign it today.”
Carly’s Law will be effective on June 1, 2014.