Davis backs bill on hemp, cannabidiol oil
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is co-sponsoring a bill that would remove therapeutic hemp and cannabidiol oil from the definition of marijuana, and allow it to be used to treat children and individuals with epilepsy.
Davis is the fourth co-sponsor of HR 5226, introduced Monday by Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.
"If one of my children suffered from seizures, I couldn't imagine being told by a doctor that we've run out of options or being forced to split up my family to send a child to a state where (Cannabidiol oil) is available and legal," Davis said in a statement. "While the state of Illinois has taken steps to legalize the use of supplements like CBD for medicinal purposes, not all states have followed suit. This bill is a narrow, commonsense approach to give individuals and families in all states the access to this potentially life-changing supplement to help treat and deal with seizure disorders."
Therapeutic hemp is defined as having no more than three-tenths of 1 percent of THC, the chemical most responsible for marijuana's psychological effects. With levels that low, it is said to have no hallucinogenic effects.
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