By PHILLIP RAWLSAssociated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has approved legislation that would allow a marijuana derivative to be used to treat severe epileptic seizures.
The Senate voted 34-0 Tuesday night for the bill by Republican Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville. The bill now goes to the House.
The bill provides for the University of Alabama at Birmingham to do research on the use of cannabidiol, or CBD oil, to treat seizures. Patients who received the oil through a prescription from UAB would have legal protection. Legislative leaders plan to allocate $1 million to UAB for the research.
The bill now goes to the House. Senate Majority Leader Jabo Waggoner predicts swift passage.
The bill is known as Carly's Law because of the work by Carly Chandler's family to pass it.