Hemp oil bill to treat epilepsy goes to McCrory

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill legalizing the use of hemp oil made from a marijuana plant to treat North Carolinians with severe epilepsy is going to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

The bill was approved by both chambers of the General Assembly on Thursday. It moved through the legislature faster than any other this session after being approved by the Senate in the morning and by the House just hours later.

The oil, which has none of the psychoactive chemicals of marijuana, will be legal for North Carolinians with epilepsy who have not responded to treatment and are under the care of a neurologist. It will be legal as soon as a state registry and other regulations can be established.

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