BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers are considering legislation decriminalizing cannabis extract oil while not loosening marijuana laws.
“Alexis’ Law” was sparked by a Boise family who has watched their 10-year-old daughter struggle to survive with a rare but intractable form of epilepsy marked by seizures.
Clare Carey says the oil could change Alexis’ life. Carey says that the oil has shown to reduce the amount and duration of seizures in children with epilepsy.
Carey is prohibited from possessing the oil because of Idaho law.
The family has been lobbying lawmakers for almost two years, putting Idaho in a movement to decriminalize the oil. The oil is legal in 12 states that still ban marijuana smoking.
An Idaho Senate panel is expected to have a full hearing on the legislation in the coming weeks.