Idaho Health Officials: Children Beginning Marijuana-Derived Medicine Trial

Idaho Health Officials: Children Beginning Marijuana-Derived Medicine Trial

One of the most emotional legislative battles in recent Idaho history punctuated the 2015 Statehouse session, during which lawmakers ultimately secured passage of a measure that would have provided a legal defense for parents who administer cannabis oil to their children for relief from severe epileptic seizures.

The bill was welcomed by parents and some health providers, but Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter vetoed the measure a few days later, saying he would not condone legalization of the oil.

Instead, Otter issued an executive order for a limited trial, dubbed the “Expanded Access Program,” which would allow 25 families to participate in treatment using a new cannabis-derived drug to treat severe forms of epilepsy.

A representative of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Jan. 18 told members of the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee that four Idaho children were participating in the trials while 18 others were being screened for possible participation.

During 2015 testimony on the original Senate Bill 1146aa, experts said as many as 1,500 Idaho children needed access to the proposed cannabis oil treatment.

Original article: boiseweekly.com/boise/idaho-health-officials-children-beginning-marijuana-derived-medicine-trial