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The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill approving a medicinal oil to be extracted from hemp, providing a treatment for rare forms of epilepsy. (Source: Morley family) The state House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill approving a medicinal oil to be extracted from hemp, providing a treatment for rare forms of epilepsy. (Source: Morley family)
RALEIGH, NC (AP/WECT) -

The North Carolina House of Representatives today approved legalizing a medicinal oil made from a marijuana plant to treat epilepsy. HB1220, called "Hope 4 Haley and Friends" passed by a vote of 111-2 and now moves to the state Senate.

The bill would allow hemp oil extract taken from a marijuana plant to treat intractable epilepsy. 

It's a similar type of brain disorder that forced a Wilmington family to move to Colorado to seek the treatment called Charlotte's web.

Mia Morley, 6, suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a form of intractable epilepsy. She has not been able to walk or talk since birth.

Mia's family moved to Colorado Springs in April and started the Charlotte's web treatment right away.

Dylan Morley, Mia's dad, says he's excited about the prospect of the bill passing, which would mean they could move back to Wilmington, but his optimism is guarded.

"We're excited about the idea of moving back home but the conversation needs to be on the federal level," Morley said. We need to know that if we go into an emergency room in Wilmington, Mia is going to be able to receive the treatment."

Rep. Pat McElraft of Carteret County sponsored the bill. 

Morley says he believes the bill could become law in two weeks, but he says it would be at least another month before they could realistically look at moving back home.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this report.

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