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McCrory to sign CBD oil bill Thursday morning

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Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to sign a bill into law Thursday aimed to help children suffering from seizures associated with epilepsy.

McCrory will sign "Hope 4 Haley and Friends" into law at 9 a.m. at the Executive Mansion, according to the McCrory administration.

The bill legalizes the use of an oil extracted from hemp that is used to treat seizures.

The oil will be legal for North Carolinians with epilepsy who have not responded to at least three treatments and are under the care of a neurologist. If McCrory signs it, the bill will be law as soon as a state registry and other regulations can be established.

Researchers at East Carolina University, Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University will be studying it.

Lawmakers say the hemp oil, which is made into syrup and taken by a patient, would not make anyone high. The oil is taken in a dropper and absorbed in the mouth.

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