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SC Bill May Legalize a Form of Medical Marijuana

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BEAUFORT, S.C. -

A chemical in the marijuana leaf may soon be legalized in South Carolina thanks to a bill introduced by Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort county.

It would allow doctors to prescribe what's called "CBD oil" to treat people with epilepsy.

In a written statement, Senator Davis says,

"You can't get high on it and it has no street value, and it makes zero sense to legally prohibit doctors from prescribing something that would relieve their patients' suffering."

And this is great news for one lowcountry grandmother.

"It would be a big game changer," said Harriett Hilton.

Hilton says the Cannabidiol oil or CBD oil could make a huge impact in the life of her six-year-old granddaughter, Mary Louise who has intractable epilepsy and suffers hundreds of seizures an hour.

"People ask me how that's possible, they are not major gran maul seizures, they are small which means they can be as little as a blink blink nod, hundreds of times, or a drop where she falls, therefore she cannot walk."

Mary Louise cannot walk or talk because of the seizures.

"About a year and a half ago, her brother said to me, 'do you ever think my sister will talk?' and I said I don't know but we can love her whether she does or not."

But the CBD oil may give voice to Mary Louise.

"We think that if we could control the seizures that her possibility for talking would be greatly increased."

Passage of Davis' bill could be the answer to all of Hilton's prayers..

"For children that have had access as limited as it is in this country right now, it has been a game changer, and obviously selfishly, this is my grandchild and I want that for her."

We did some checking for you to find out a little more about the oil.

Clinical trials on CBD are underway in New York and California.

The belief is it can be used to treat certain medical conditions including chronic pain, diabetes and cancer. But the treatment is still not accepted by the mainstream medical community.

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