Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday officially signed Senate Bill 174, also known as Carly's Law.
The legislation will allow a study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to examine the effectiveness of cannabidiol oil to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy. It was named in honor of 3-year-old Carly Chandler of Birmingham, who suffers from a severe neurological disorder.
"As a doctor, I have always been supportive of medical research to discover new medicines that may be able to cure or treat some of our most chronic diseases," Governor Robert Bentley said. " From the beginning, I supported a clinical trial of cannabidiol oil to research the effectiveness of helping patients with debilitating seizure disorders. Alabama has the best research institutions in the country, and I hope this Alabama-led medical study can bring relief to children, like Carly Chandler. I appreciate the efforts of Carly's parents to get this bill passed by the Legislature, and I am honored to officially sign it today."
Carly's Law will be effective on June 1, 2014.