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Idaho's failure to act on cannabidiol availability

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It was one of the most emotional fights of the 2015 Idaho Legislature. When the dust settled, proponents of Senate Bill 1146aa secured passage of a measure providing a legal defense for parents of children who use cannabis oil for relief from severe epileptic seizures. On several occasions, the bill appeared to be dead. Yet, backers of the measure kept pushing until both the Idaho House and Senate agreed it should become law. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter had the final say in the matter, vetoing the bill 10 days after it passed through the Legislature. "I sympathize with the heartbreaking dilemma facing some families trying to cope with the debilitating impacts of disease," Otter said. "[The bill] asks us to legalize the limited use of cannabidiol oil, contrary to federal law." Bill supporters vowed to return with the same fight during the 2016 legislative session, while more than a few parents hinted they would risk breaking the law by importing the much-needed oil from out-of-state sources.
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