House approves cannabis oil bill

Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 10, 2015

Virginia Parents for Medical Marijuana won another legislative round in Richmond on Tuesday.

House Bill 1445 passed on Tuesday, February 10, with 98 “yes” votes, not one “no” vote, and one lawmaker abstaining.

Many of the parents lobbying for medical cannabis have children who suffer from uncontrollable seizures. One of the parents NewsChannel 3 has been following is Lisa Smith. Her daughter suffers from Dravet Syndrome.

Smith is still in Richmond on what she calls an education campaign, talking to lawmakers. A similar bill passed in the Senate last week that will allow cannabis oil to be dispensed in the state of Virginia for children who suffer from medical conditions that bring on life threatening seizures.

If both bills pass and become law, the drug has an emergency clause that could make it available to families as early as April of this year.


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