N. C. Senate Bill 168 to Expand Allowable Medical Uses of CBD Oil
With news from around the state about CBD stores popping up all over North Carolina from the mountains to the coast. Even Walgreen’s and CVS have gotten into the game, with Walgreen’s following CVS’s move to start selling hemp-based CBD oil-based products in selected areas and stores. If your NC town is like mine, then you also have some local businesses & pharmacies hopping into the CBD oil game. There are so many new stores popping up in Greensboro that it caught the eyes of the local Fox 8 News channel.
While everyone in North Carolina is curious about why CBD infused products are getting so many good reviews for their healing properties, legislative hurdles still exist for growers & retailers alike. The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill by the United States Congress also introduced some new legislative challenges as well, as it made hemp legal in all 50 states. In order to clarify some language in the state laws to comply with national law, and to expand some of the uses of CBD oil and industrial hemp products, North Carolina legislatures have introduced Senate Bill 168
Senate Bill 168 is aimed at expanding allowable medical uses of CBD Oil. Specifically the bill would allow CBD oil treatments to be available for all individuals experiencing autism, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and mitochondrial disease. The bill would require a neurologist for a prescription for medicinal purposes. According to the Winston-Salem Journal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved CBD oil in the prescription medicine Epidiolex, used to treat a rare form of pediatric epilepsy. According to TheStreet.com, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration classified it as a Schedule 5 drug — defined as the lowest potential for addiction and abuse.
While this bill is directed at addressing the issue of Epidiolex, the bill does not include much else in the way of clarifying differences in state and federal law. North Carolina legislatures still have work to do to get aligned more with the 2018 Farm Bill. While North Carolina is one of 14 states with pilot hemp programs, regulations on the use of CBD Oil products are really strict. Stay tuned to our blog for more breaking developments in this Senate Bill and other issues facing North Carolina CBD users.
- Fox 8 News Greensboro – https://myfox8.com/2019/03/22/cbd-hemp-stores-popping-up-all-over-greensboro/
- Disciple 420 – https://www.disciple420.com/walgreens-to-sell-cbd-products-in-1500-stores/
- Winston-Salem Journal – https://www.journalnow.com/news/elections/local/cbd-oil-bill-takes-second-step-in-n-c-senate/article_97382b1d-59e9-5e4f-ac32-06a3de245edc.html
- NC Hemp Pilot Program – https://www.ncagr.gov/hemp/
- N.C. Senate Bill 168 – https://www.ncleg.gov/Sessions/2019/Bills/Senate/PDF/S168v1.pdf
- Epidiolex – https://www.epidiolex.com/
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