Governor Eric Holcomb signed the state’s first medical marijuana bill into law. Cannabinoid (CBD) oil is now a treatment option for epilepsy. When the legislative session began, Holcomb was opposed to legalizing any form of marijuana.
He was partly swayed by powerful testimony from residents supporting CBD, according to WBOI Radio. For the last 7 years, legislators have considered CBD bills regarding epilepsy. Now, a registry will be created for anyone with uncontrollable seizures to use CBD oil.
Holcomb said, “This does not put us on a slippery slope to legalizing marijuana, quite the contrary.”
Bettyjo Bouchey is happy about the bill’s signage. Her son has primary generalized epilepsy.
Bouchey said, “I’m thrilled to see that he heard those stories that he could hear the pain in some of those family’s voices.”
She also said, “This is an option that we did not have before this bill, and I think that’s all we ever want is options to keep our kids happy and safe.”