Cannabis oil bill passes committee, heads to Senate

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would bring a form of cannabis oil into Utah to treat children who suffer from seizures has passed another hurdle.

The House passed House Bill 105 on Monday, and members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved the bill Thursday. It will now go to the full Senate.

If HB 105 passes, parents would not face state prosecution for bringing cannabis oil into the state as long as they have their doctor's permission. Many parents said this is a better alternative to the medications their kids are taking now.

Those who oppose the bill said they have concerns about the long-term effects of the cannabis oil. They're also concerned about the possibility of the bill leading to the legalization of medical marijuana.

Utah resident Emilie Campbell has a son who has epilepsy. She said she's excited that the bill is moving on, but she expects another battle as it heads to the Senate.

"We know it's not in the bag, and there's a lot of valid concerns, but we're just hoping that the other senators won't be afraid of these concerns that really are not totally unfounded, but they're things we just don't know," Campbell said. "We're willing to jump into the water, we're hoping they'll be brave enough to do that too."

Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, is sponsoring the bill. He said Utah is on the right side of the issue, and 18 other states are proposing similar legislation.

FOX 13's Tamara Vaifanua was at the State Capitol Thursday. Watch her full report in the clip above.

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  • TMH

    Legalize all of it for medical purposes. Not just the oil.There’s a whole bunch of people that could benefit from that wonderful plant. As for safety, google or U tube charlotte figi. Do a comparison as to Quality of life. Simple !

  • Karl

    So, they are responsible for getting it and bringing it into the state? Isn’t crossing state lines with this drug a federal crime. Even if it is coming from Colorado, where it is legal (Like it should be). The reason this works in Colorado is because what they sell is supposed to be produced in Colorado. If Utah is going to allow this stuff, they are going to need to allow it to be manufactured here as well. Essentially, Utah is setting these folks up for major prison time by forcing them to buy out of state and cross state lines with it.

  • StunnedByTheIgnorance

    This is a wonderful step forward. You cannot harm yourself with this oil, in any way. None. The only controversy here is what we have allowed ourselves to imagine.

  • Eric Anderson

    It’s just vegetable oil. It contains no THC. It can’t get you high no matter how much you consume.

    As for worries about its “effectiveness”: It’s VEGETABLE OIL. It won’t hurt you. If it has no positive effects, so what? No harm done. You can put it in your waffles.

    NOTHING should be illegal unless there is a good reason for it, and there is absolutely no reason why vegetable oil should be illegal.

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