Revised Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Idaho Senate

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A bill fronted by Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie, which would protect those who use medication derived from cannabis from possible prosecution, passed through the Senate State Affairs Committee March 20. The oil would be used in the treatment of some forms of severe epilepsy.

Other versions of the measure had stalled at the Idaho Statehouse, but the latest rewrite passed through the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday by a unanimous vote. 

McKenzie's earlier bill would have loosened restrictions on the use of cannabis oil, but that was met with opposition from Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office. GOP Senator Chuck Winder had also proposed a measure that would require the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to issue registration cards for users but Winder decided to pulled that bill on Friday, clearing the way for a rewritten version of McKenzie's original proposal. McKenzie's rewrite would not make the use or possession of cannabis oil legal but could protect those who use the treatment if they were to be arrested and/or prosecuted. McKenzie is the chairman of the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee.