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Gov. McCrory signs changes to hemp oil law, commissions zip-line study, additional bills

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Gov. Pat McCrory has signed legislation changes to North Carolina's 2014 law that authorized use of a marijuana extract for treating children with severe epilepsy.

The governor announced Friday he had signed the new hemp oil bill and eight others this week, including another authorizing a study into zip-line safety and increasing penalties for wrongdoing related to carnival ride accidents. The study comes after a 12-year-old girl died last month after falling from a zip line in Alleghany County.

McCrory also signed last year's law on hemp oil, which had limited its distribution to parents participating in certain pilot studies, but such studies aren't occurring. Under the changes, caregivers register with the state and get a neurologist from any state hospital to sign off on the treatment.

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