CBD oil bill approved in Idaho House

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BOISE — Cannabis derived CBD oil is one step closer to being legal in Idaho.

A bill that would allow the use of CBD oil for medical purposes passed the Idaho House Wednesday with a 59-11 vote. It now goes to the Idaho Senate and, if passed there, will go to the governor’s desk.

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD oil, comes from cannabis, but contains little or no THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Under the proposed legislation, Idahoans seeking to use the oil for medical purposes for themselves or their minor children would have to apply to the Idaho Board of Pharmacy for a cannabidiol registration card. The oil would need to be prescribed by a licensed practitioner.

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“There’s a lot of medicinal qualities to CBD oil,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dorothy Moon (R-Stanley), told EastIdahoNews.com. “From epileptic seizures to fibromyalgia to chemotherapy, you know, nausea and pain from other issues. It is amazing.”

18 states currently allow the use of “low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD)” products for medical reasons in limited situations or as a legal defense.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter vetoed legislation in 2015 that would have allowed children with severe forms of epilepsy to use CBD oil.

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