More medical marijuana is coming to the South. On May 5, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill into law that legalizes the use of cannabidiol (CBD) for those suffering debilitating medical conditions.
The bill is known as Leni’s Law for the young girl whose family was forced to relocate from Alabama to Oregon in order to access to the CBD oil she desperately needed to treat her seizure disorder.
“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,” Gov. Bentley said in a statement. “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 new law will take effect June 1 of this year.