Gov. Haley signs CBD oil bill into law
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- A medical marijuana bill in the Palmetto State is now law.
According to Sen. Tom Davis and a source close to the governor's office, Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill that decriminalizes CBD oil in South Carolina and allows doctors to prescribe it to people suffering from epilepsy.
CBD oil is extracted from marijuana but contains very little THC, the chemical that gives users the feeling of a high.
The new law also allows clinical trials using CBD oil to start at the Medical University of South Carolina.
In April, the SC House passed the bill with an overwhelming 90-24 vote, bringing tears from supporters who have spent weeks educating conservative legislators on the bill.
The Senate passed its version of the bill in March.
Both bills would allow any doctor in the state taking part in the CBD clinical trials to give the drug to patients suffering from any form of epilepsy that doesn't respond well to typical treatments.
This is giving a little hope to Lowcountry parents, like Jill Swing, who has been patiently waiting for relief for her daughter who has epilepsy.
"Mary Louise's seizures aren't life threatening but she has hundreds of seizures every single day," Jill Swing said. "So every day she doesn't have this medicine is a day wasted in my mind. It is real important for her to get it."
CBD oil has been shown to stop or reduce seizures in kids who suffer from epilepsy but it is currently illegal in South Carolina.
"I see the success in what's going on in Colorado and I also see the dire situation of families left behind that don't have access and how necessary and how greatly needed this is for us," Swing said.