Northam authorizes use of medical cannabis oil throughout Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Mar. 12, 2018):

WHSV file image of medical marijuana for an epilepsy patient

Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1251 into law, giving Virginia doctors the authority to recommend cannabidiol oil as a treatment for any diagnosed condition or disease.

The bill, known as #LetDoctorsDecide, was proposed by local Delegate Ben Cline, and expands on current Virginia law, which only allows the oil, widely referred to as medical marijuana, as a treatment for intractable epilepsy.

The House of Delegates unanimously voted last month to allow the bill to take effect immediately upon a signature by the governor, whereas most bills do not take effect until July.

That means, effective immediately, patients throughout Virginia can be recommended CBD or THC-A oil to help manage their pain through a non-opiate method, which some experts have said could help

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