Bill Would Legalize Marijuana Derivative For Medical Use In Idaho

Jan 25, 2018

Idaho lawmakers are taking another swing at making a derivative of marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

The bill introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee would legalize the use of cannabidiol oil, also known as CBD, if a doctor prescribes it.


CBD is free of, or contains very little of, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.


If the bill were approved, children and adults alike would have to apply for a CBD registration card with the Idaho Board of Pharmacy and show a doctor’s recommendation.


Gov. Butch Otter (R) vetoed a similar proposal in 2015 that would’ve allowed children with severe epilepsy to treat themselves with CBD oil.


Soon after, he signed an executive order allowing those children to participate in an FDA trial of a CBD-type drug.


Right now, 18 other states allow the use of CBD products for medical reasons in certain situations.


The bill now faces a full committee hearing.


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