Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed off on bills Thursday allowing people with severe epilepsy to use marijuana oils to treat seizures.
The legislation came as welcome relief to Virginia Beach mom Tracie Thomas, whose son Caleb, 12, is in a clinical trial for just such a product. Thomas, Caleb and his brother Austin were on hand for the governor’s ceremonial signing.
Caleb has epilepsy and is taking Epidiolex, a liquid form of cannabis oil that a British pharmaceutical company is testing. Dr. Paul Lyons, a Winchester neurologist, received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to treat Caleb with the marijuana oil.