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Assembly okays bill allowing Cannabidiol for medical reasons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Children with dozens of seizures a day could take a marijuana extract to get relief, under a bill passed on a voice vote by the state Assembly Tuesday.

But with the session winding down, it's not certain whether the Senate will give the measure its needed approval.

Monona Democrat Rob Kahl is the chief sponsor of allowing youngsters with seizures to take Cannabidiol. He said if lawmakers don't give their blessing now, the affected children would have to wait until 2015 -- and he's not sure if some of the kids who attended a recent public hearing on the measure could wait that long.

Nekoosa Republican Scott Krug was among those who were skeptical at first. But Tuesday he said, "We can change our minds once in a while."

Marshfield Republican John Spiros also had a recent change of heart, saying there's no potential to abuse the extract for recreational purposes.  

The use of Cannabidiol as a medical treatment received a major boost last year, when Dr. Sanjay Gupta reversed his position on medical marijuana and explained the benefits in his documentary "Weed."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)