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Assembly passes bill allowing part of marijuana for seizures

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Assembly passed a bill legalizing the use of cannabidiol or CBD for the treatment of seizures.
The oil comes from marijuana plants but is very low in THC.

Sally Schaeffer's 6-year-old Lydia suffers from a nighttime seizure disorder that so far is unresponsive to medications.
So Sally and her husband, Tom, pushed for the passage of the bill. They attended Tuesday's assembly session.

"We've run out of options for medication," Sally said. "Our neurologists have shared with us that 100 percent of the time
if we find a medication it will lose its effectiveness. Brian surgery for her only has a 50 percent success rate. We need
to have another option."

The bill, authored by Rep. Robb Kahl, requires FDA approval for experimental use of CBD and requires the Controlled
substances board to regulate the physicians and pharmacist that can dispense the drug.

"So  now we've got a bill that has broad bipartisan support here in eh assembly but has also got along with
the Epilepsy Foundation, has The State Medical Society on board," Rep. Kahl said.

Republican Rep. Scott Krug says he initially opposed the idea but after doing research he changed his mind.

"This isn't a partisan issue whatsoever," Rep. Krug said. "We really want to make sure we are empowering parents to be able to have
those discussions with their doctors about what the appropriate treatment for their children is."

Sally says she hopes the bill will pass this session because children like Lydia are running out of time.

"As my husband and I own a small business in Wisconsin we don't want to have to be forced to move to save her
life," Sally said. "We want to stay here in WI where we've grown up and lived."

Rep. Kahl says the bill's fate in the senate is unknown. He says he hopes with the amendment it will get support
but it's unclear if the bill will get a hearing or a vote.

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