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No vote on Carly's Law yet

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Some families are still asking lawmakers to vote "yes" on a bill to legalize oil from the marijuana plant. Carly's Law made it on to the Senate calendar. But senators broke for the week before taking any action.

This was the second day for the families to hang out at the Statehouse introducing their children to lawmakers, answering questions and hoping for a vote that could give their children a better life.

"I have a granddaughter who lives in Colorado. she has epileptic seizures. She moved out their last year," said Barry Yarbrough, a grandparent.

Yarbrough wants her 14 year old granddaughter, Allie, home in Alabama. He was skeptical about CBD oil actually helping her seizures. But he says they went from daily occurrences to one every 21 days.

"She laughs. She cuts up and her medications are down to nothing. It's a whole new life for her," he said.

Seven families waited together in the Statehouse for a vote on the law.

19 month old Charlotte traveled with a bag full of medications. She immediately got some after a nap. Her grandfather says it's a dosage higher then what most adults would get for seizures.

"Right now, she's extremely brilliant and normal but she will regress to the point of a wheel chair and feeding tube," said Greg Gibbs, Charlotte's grandfather.

Gibbs says doctors have already told Charlotte's them that she needs the oil soon.

"We've got to do what we can to stop her seizures in order to keep her normal," said Gibbs.

But a vote did not come Thursday.

"There's so many demands on my time, placement on the calendar," said Senator Jabo Waggoner, (R) Vestavia Hills. "But we will have its day in court so to speak."

For these families, the homecomings and new treatment can't come soon enough.

"They are coming home. They are wanting to come home. My daughter cries daily," said Yarbrough.

"We're going to change it," said Gibbs.

The bill will be on the Senate calendar again Tuesday.

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