Idaho hospital will use marijuana-derived drug on 25 sick children

Idaho will allow 25 sick children to use an experimental medical drug derived from marijuana.

Governor Butch Otter gave an executive order in April to allow children with epilepsy limited use on a non-psychoactive drug called Cannabidiol or CBD oil.

The free Idaho program allows 25 children to use the drug, although the number of children who meet requirements are estimated as high as 1,500.

The children applying are eligible if they have tried at least four different medications and still have at least four seizures a month, according to The Spokesman Review.

Idaho’s stance against any legal use of marijuana puts it alone among its neighboring states. Utah and Wyoming recently legalized the supervised use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

Otter’s Office of Drug Policy and the Idaho State Police decried this executive order as a step toward legalizing medical marijuana. The oil that will be used in the FDA-approved Idaho program is currently in clinical trials in various locations around the United States.
Claire Carey is the mother of a 10-year-old girl, Alexis, who has suffered seizures since she was 2 months old.

“The process is frustrating,” Carey said in an interview with The Spokesman Review. “They’re helping 25 children at most. It just made me lose all hope. The only way we are going to get access in Idaho is with a federal bill.”

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