House passes bill allowing hemp oil extract for seizure treatment

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 4, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    This vote has strengthened my faith in Utah's government.

    Common sense instead of dumb rhetoric.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 4, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    USS Enterprise, UT
    I am still trying to figure out why this bill was needed.


    Then read the bill.

    HB105 also allows for exceptions for State run Universities to grow and do research with the plant,
    something else currently NOT legal.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 4, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    RedShirt, that's a perfectly legitimate question. In short, yes, this legislation was very necessary for two reasons: 1. Currently available products contain such a low concentration of CBD that they had no demonstrated therapeutic effect for epilepsy, and refining higher concentrations from the necessary volumes of these sources would be ridiculously expensive, which meant that 2. A hybrid cannabis plant with much higher concentrations of CBD had to be developed, but this new hybrid fell into a legal gray area. This bill provides the necessary clarity by legally recognizing that this hybrid - and its derivatives - meet the federal guidelines for hemp, which are dry-weight concentrations of THC of less than 0.3%. It also specifically permits Utah citizens to possess this high-CBD oil via a state-issued and neurologist-endorsed exemption card.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    March 4, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    I am still trying to figure out why this bill was needed. It was already legal in Utah to buy FDA approved drugs containing hemp oil (CBDs and some THC) and herbal supplements and lotions containing hemp oils.

    Is there something different about the hemp oil that they are legalizing that is different than all of the other forms of hemp oil that you could already get in Utha?

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 4, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    One very important clarification: This article seems to imply that the Utah Medical Association continued to oppose the bill. Not at all true. In fact, the UMA changed their position and *endorsed* the bill's passage through the House.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 4, 2014 7:26 a.m.


    That's great!
    God Bless the children.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 4, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    God created these children with infirmaties,
    God created the Hemp oil that can help them and bless them.

    and yet,
    Some people are using the lame "God said so" excuse from allowing other people the Free Agency to help their own children under a cafeful eye of a Doctor and the State?


    I'm glad to see the Utah State House looking past them.

  • Herbie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 4, 2014 1:40 a.m.

    This is a no brainer for Utah! Good job getting past the house. Now we just need to get past the senate. The benefit that this medicine could have for children with seizures is enormous. I for one am glad that Utah is waking up to the realization that this medicine can help a lot of people, not just with seizures but many other illness's as well.

  • Jimmytheliberal Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2014 1:12 a.m.

    Commonsense in Utah. Never thought I would ever see the day.