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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- State Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) has filed a bill to allow doctors to prescribe Cannabidiol (CBD) oil to patients with intractable epilepsy.

Davis says the legislation comes after he met one of his constituents whose 6-year-old granddaughter can have as many as 100 epileptic seizures an hour. He says caregiver at Medical University of South Carolina told the girl's family that CBD may be able to help, but state law prevents them from prescribing it to her.

Davis says last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved clinical studies of CBD at the New York University School of Medicine and University of California at San Francisco. He says the Medical University of South Carolina should be able to conduct similar research. "The doctors and medical research facilities at MUSC are every bit as good as those in New York and San Francisco," Davis said. "I want to legally empower MUSC and its epileptologists to prescribe CBD oil to those with intractable epilepsy."

Co-sponsors for the bill are listed as: Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown), Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington), Larry Martin (R-Pickens), Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), Lee Bright (R-Greenville), and Luke Rankin (R-Horry).

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