Gov. Bentley passes Leni’s Law, providing relief for families who seek cannabis oil treatment

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Governor Bentley poses for a photo with Jody Mitchell and family. (Photo: Jody Mitchell)

Governor Bentley poses for a photo after signing law. These advocates have joined other families in fighting for the passage of Leni’s Law. (Photo: Jody Mitchell)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.  On Wednesday, Governor Robert Bentley signed Leni’s Law, which decriminalizes non-high inducing marijuana oil for people coping with debilitating seizures.

The House and Senate overwhelmingly passed HB61 last week.

“As a physician, I believe it is extremely important to give patients with a chronic or debilitating disease the option to consider every possible option for treatment, Governor Robert Bentley said. “With Leni’s Law, citizens in Alabama will have access to cannabidiol that may help with treatment. Through a study at UAB, we have seen the benefit of cannabidiol to help with chronic seizures. I hope we will be able to collect information that will determine the efficacy of this substance in other chronic debilitating diseases.”

The law will take effect June 1.

Leni’s Law is named for Leni Young, whose family had to move to Oregon because her cannabis oil treatment is illegal in Alabama.  According to Leni’s mother, Amy, since the family moved to Oregon 10 months ago, Leni has only had six seizures. Before using cannabis oil, she had hundreds of seizures a day.

Rep. Mike Ball, (R- Madison) holding Leni Young. Photo by Grace O'Conner.

Rep. Mike Ball, (R- Madison) holding Leni Young. Photo by Grace O'Conner.

Cannabidiol, which doesn’t cause a high like marijuana, is being explored as a treatment for seizures. The bill would give people a defense from drug possession charges if they are using the oil to help with seizures.

Rep. Mike Ball (R-Madison) is one of the sponsors of the bill.  He has been working with families of children with chronic epilepsy for several months on similar bills.

Families wait in Montgomery for Governor Robert Bentley to sign Leni's Law. He did around 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Families wait in Montgomery for Governor Robert Bentley to sign Leni's Law. He did around 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Proud to share good news with Jaqueline Marez and Robert Mitchell that I signed Leni's Law today.

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