Senate approves pot extract for kids bill

FILE - A marijuana extract product referred to as "butane honey oil" is displayed for the photographer near dried buds in jars during the grand opening of the Seattle location of the Northwest Cannabis Market, for sales of medical marijuana products, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate has unanimously approved a bill allowing parents of children with severe epilepsy to legally obtain a marijuana-derived extract they say helps with seizures.

Senators voted 26-0 on Tuesday afternoon to approve the measure.

The House must approve several changes made to the bill since they last approved it. If approved, it heads to Gov. Gary Herbert.

Herbert told reporters Tuesday that he hasn’t read the bill but supports the idea.

The extract oil, which is grown in Colorado, is believed by many to help children with a rare form of epilepsy.

The bill would allow Utah families to bring the oil back to Utah if they have a neurologist’s consent.

The extract contains less than half a percent of THC, the hallucinogenic chemical found in marijuana.



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