Families of children who are suffering from numerous seizures a day are hoping Alabama lawmakers will pass Carly's Law. The bill would legalize a marijuana derived substance for medical purposes.
Many parents say Cannabidiol is already making a difference in Colorado.
The bill is waiting to be put on the calendar for the Senate floor. It passed a Senate Judiciary Committee last month. Carly's Law is named after the daughter of a Pelham Police Officer. Dustin Chandler wants the public and politicians to see the faces of the children Carly's Law would help.
Families from across Alabama came together to support Carly's Law in Pelham Saturday.
"All we're asking for is help. we're asking for a little compassion, please help us."
Dustin Chandler is hoping lawmakers will legalize a marijuana derived substance known as CBD oil to help control violent seizures his daughter Carly and so many other children in this room... have every day.
Parent, Robin Pass, says "My son who's two had a traumatic brain injury before birth and is on four different seizure medications right now, plus a special diet to try to control seizures that happen 30 to 40 times a day."
Parent, Gena Dalton, "I go to bed every single night scared to death that I may not find Charlotte alive in the morning."
Dalton says her daughter takes these medications and still has 20 seizures a day. She and other parents learned more about a non-profit organization in Colorado treating patients with the oil.
Joel Stanley with Realm of Caring says "Research opportunities are opening up that colleges and universities and very legitimate sources are wanting to research this, including programs with the federal government."
State Representatives Mike Ball and Patricia Todd are both working to gain support for the bill.
Todd says, "It breaks my heart because we can help children right now. By the end of next month, we could have the oil available. They could decrease seizures, increase the quality of life and the only thing stopping it is 35 people in the Senate.
Todd says the oil has very low THC content and has no street value. Parents hope other lawmakers will be on board to keep families here in Alabama.
Pass says, "We don't want to get anyone high or make it legal for recreation, we want CBD oil to try, so we don't have to leave our homes and families."
Chandler says,"We're just trying to give these kids a better quality of life and giving them a chance of some hope."
Families were encouraged to contact their local lawmakers to share their stories.
Senator Jabo Waggoner says he's going to try to put Carly's Law on the agenda this week.
Supporters are planning a rally at the State Capitol this Thursday at 9-am.