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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment.


 

An April executive order from Gov. Butch Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the order after vetoing less-restrictive legislation that would have allowed the marijuana extract to be used in children with severe seizure disorders.

The Idaho program allows 25 children to use the extract, cannabidiol, or CBD oil. But estimates of the number of children who meet the requirements number as high as 1,500 or more, though experts say it's hard to know for sure because the state doesn't track the number of children with epilepsy.

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The Associated Press

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Voters cast their ballots in Ohio on Tuesday, in a referendum to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana.


 

It would also allow doctors to write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

In Alabama, both types of marijuana are still illegal, but a cannabis derivative is being tested to treat epilepsy.

CBD Oil comes from marijuana, contains no hallucinogens, and is being tested by UAB in a medical study to see how epilepsy patients react to the treatment.

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Jake Berent ~ WSFA

 

Senator Bernie Sanders at a seniors’ center in Manchester, N.H. on October 30, 2015. Image: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has filed a bill in the Senate seeking to end the federal criminalization of marijuana.

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Forbes on Bernie Sanders

Position: For Legalization

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Bernie Sanders Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project on Bernie Sanders

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced he is running for president on April 30, 2015.

Where does he stand?

Sen. Sanders supports the legalization of medical marijuana, and he has been critical of the war on drugs, particularly with regard to how it has been enforced.

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