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Rep. McElraft Proposes Hemp Oil Law

Republican Representative Pat McElraft is not for the legalization of pot, but is proposing a law to give a certain hemp oil the green light for medicinal purposes.

On Tuesday, Rep. McElraft, who represents Carteret and Jones counties, introduced a new bill into legislation.

"Hope 4 Haley and Friends" would allow the use of CBD oil for patients who are dealing with uncontrollable seizures.

In March of this year, the Representative told WITN a 5-year-old-girl's struggle inspired her to get the ball rolling with this law.

"It's the only hope they have right now," said McElraft. "It's much better than the horrible psychotropic drugs that they have these children on, that are so debilitating to their little bodies. So why not try something."

McElraft has stressed this proposal is not about legalizing marijuana. In fact she is against legalizing pot. However, McElraft argues, this law would give epileptic children and other patients an option beyond harsh drugs.

McElraft told reporters CBD oils carry more brain healing properties than the mind-numbing compound THC, which gets users high.

"Less than 0.3 percent," said McElraft. "You can drink a whole bottle of it and never get high."

The bill states patients diagnosed by a neurologist with intractable epilepsy would be issued "compassionate use registration cards," for $50 to start and $25 to renew. That card would be proof of their medical need and permission to use the CBD oils.

According to the bill, which you can read in full by clicking here, McElraft's goal is to clear the exemption hurdle for patients to have the oils by October of this year.


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An Eastern Carolina lawmaker says she will sponsor legislation to legalize a specific type of medical marijuana. A type that's showing promise with pediatric epilepsy in Colorado where it's legal.

The marijuana is high in CBD, which can be therapeutic. It's low in tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound that gets smokers high.

Republican Representative Pat McElraft represents Carteret and Jones counties. She says the bill would legalize CBD oils.

McElraft says she learned about CBD oils when a mom approached her. That mom's 5-year-old daughter has tried all other medicines and nothing has worked.

"It's the only hope they have right now," says McElraft. "It's much better than the horrible psychotropic drugs that they have these children on, that are so debilitating to their little bodies. So why not try something."

McElraft says she is still developing the bill and wants neurologists to be involved.


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