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House panel introduces bill to legalize CBD oil

Rep. Dorthy Moon, R-Stanley, successfully introduced a bill this morning to legalize cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD oil, in the House Health & Welfare Committee, writes reporter Marissa Morrison of KIVI-TV. The legislation sets up a registration system under the state Board of Pharmacy, and allows registered adults to legally possess the oil, a non-psychoactive product made from marijuana, and administer it to their children if they’ve been diagnosed by a neurologist with an illness, such as intractable epilepsy, that can be treated with the oil.

Lawmakers passed legislation in 2015 to allow parents to use CBD oil to treat ill children, but Gov. Butch Otter vetoed it, citing concerns about expanding the use of illegal drugs in the state. A small number of Idaho children are now being treated with a commercial version of the product through a drug trial, under the auspices of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare; success has been reported, sharply reducing the number of seizures the children suffer.

The committee voted unanimously today to introduce Moon’s bill, clearing the way for a full hearing. You can see Morrison’s full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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