Idaho House Panel Kills Marijuana Extract Oil Bill

Mar 31, 2015

An Idaho House panel has killed a proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants used to treat children with severe forms epilepsy.

The bill failed to garner enough votes to advance on Monday.

The quick vote came after the House State Affairs panel listened to nearly four hours of testimony, ranging from tearful parents pleading for the bill's passage to law enforcement representatives wary of the plan's unintended consequences.

The bill was named after 10-year-old Alexis Carey, who has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.

Under SB 1146, parents would be allowed to use the oil —thought to reduce the severity of seizures in children— even though medical marijuana is outlawed in Idaho.