Severely epileptic children in Idaho will not be benefiting from medical cannabis any time soon.
Governor C.L. Otter explained to the Idaho Legislature on Thursday, April 16, that he had to veto a bill approved 39-30 by the House that would have permitted marijuana oil treatments for epileptic children.
Otter felt the bill had too many unanswered “questions and problems,” and that the patient outcomes were “speculative” instead of strongly backed by scientific proof.
He made a point to note that he sympathized with the “heartbreaking dilemma” some families face and he recognized that epilepsy is a “debilitating” disease.
Although Otter’s veto prevents parents from legally giving medical marijuana extract oil to their children, he authorized the Department of Health and Welfare via an executive order to research the issue further.
Additionally, the governor noted the potential for epileptic children who are resistant to traditional forms of treatment to receive access to Epidiolex, a drug made from a cannabis extract, through a program approved by the Food and Drug Administration.