It opens the door to both children and adults as being eligible for treatment and requires that the oil contain no more than 5 percent THC, the high-inducing chemical associated with recreational marijuana use. It would also legalize clinical trials sought by some senators to further study how the drug works.
Mike Hopkins, who was at the ceremony at Deal's office, choked up as the governor inked the order.
He lost two children to seizure disorders in the last year and temporarily relocated to Colorado so his 17-year-old daughter Michala could use the oil. In the two months before she started taking it, he said she's had 356 seizures. In two months since, she had only 53.
"This is an incredible opportunity," he said. "This is a first step. We've got a long way to go."