Democrats and Republicans have found common ground with a bill to give sick kids the legal ability to use medical marijuana in states where it’s already available with a doctor’s prescription.
Virginia Republican Rep. Morgan Griffith and Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer have introduced a bill, the Compassionate Access Act, to give young children with health issues the right to use the drug in states where it’s already legal for medical use for adults, the Hill reported.
The lawmakers say pot can treat epileptic seizures, especially in young patients.
“There are countless reports of marijuana’s medicinal benefits in treating conditions, including cancer, epilepsy and glaucoma,” Griffith said, the Hill reported.
The Drug Enforcement Administration bans marijuana, setting the stage for an eventual showdown with the states that have legalized medicinal use of the drug. This bill would block such action, and give pharmacies, growers and labs access to the drug.
“It’s time to research this further and, where legal, to allow real doctors and real pharmacists to prescribe or dispense marijuana for legitimate medical reasons for real patients,” Griffith said, the Hill reported.
A spokesperson for Griffith’s office made clear in an email to WND the medical community uses cannabidiol oil to treat children with epilepsy.