DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Leni's Law has been signed by Governor Bentley, allowing people with debilitating conditions to possess marijuana oil to treat their conditions.
But how do you know if you qualify to try it? Or even how you get it?
CBD oil is not fully legal and the bill only provides an affirmative defense for those who possess it. Jody Mitchell, whose son Robert participated in the UAB study under Carly's Law, said people need to find out if they should try CBD oil.
"Go to your doctor, tell them you're considering this," said Mitchell. "Open the dialogue with them."
A doctor must first diagnose you with a debilitating condition, including ones that could cause seizures, and that qualifies you to possess CBD oil.
"That could be Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's, PTSD, cancer, multiple sclerosis," Mitchell explained.
But a doctor can't simply write you a prescription for CBD oil. You have to go to a state like Colorado where the oil is legal.
"There are states that are legal, that will ship to Alabama, to your front door, no problem," said Mitchell.
Even then, you could still run into problems.
"I can still be arrested, I can still go to jail," said Mitchell. "And once I am in front of a judge, I can still present the evidence, I am a caregiver for two people with debilitating conditions. And then at that point, I will be let go."
Mitchell added if it helps just one person, "the people of Alabama now have hope" just like she does.
"I think all is possible. Robert may speak again. Robert may feed himself again," said Mitchell.
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