Carly's Law would legalize controlled form of marijuana in ALPosted: Updated:
Medical marijuana is a controversial topic, and it's a conversation that's already being had at the Alabama State House. The bill specifically seeks to legalize a controlled form of marijuana, without the intoxicating side effects. If it's passed by the legislature it would be called "Carly's Law" after a 3-year-old little girl suffering from an unthinkable disease.
Carly Chandler's seizures are hard to watch, and they happen three to five times a day. Carly's father, Justin Chandler, says it's a parent's nightmare.
"When they happen, there's nothing you can do. As a father, it's a helpless feeling," Chandler said.
Chandler stumbled upon the benefits of cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which is the oil from a marijuana leaf that helps a variety of debilitating conditions, including his daughter's epileptic seizures.
Chandler says upwards of 10 medications have failed to stop the seizures. CBD is Carly's last resort.
"I met with families who moved to Colorado to get their children the medicine they need legally. They say it's saved their child's life. It's saved their families, and kept their families intact," Chandler said.
Chandler is a police officer and refuses to break the law that's why he reached out to Rep. Mike Ball, a law enforcement colleague, to help make this medication a reality.
"It's high in CBD, low in THC so she won't get high. When you're a parent searching for answers, and you're helpless, you're willing to try anything," Chandler said.
Chandler isn't alone; supporters have already rallied on behalf of Carly's Law on the State House steps. CBD is also receiving cautious support from oncologist, Dr. Robert Avery.
[DOCUMENT: Carly's Law Senate Bill (.pdf)]
[DOCUMENT: Carly's Law House Bill (.pdf)]
"When you take an isolated compound from the marijuana leaf it makes it more scientific, it makes it easier to know exactly what you are getting," Avery said.
Avery agrees CBD is more controlled than medical marijuana, and studies show proven benefits. He would support the move, if clinical trials accompanied the use.
"I think we need to keep our eyes open to innovations like this and hopefully we won't get bogged down in the political and social sides of marijuana," Avery said.
Both the House and Senate bills have not been brought up in committee. WSFA 12 News will continue to update the progress of Carly's Law.
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