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Ill. House Panel Advances Medical Cannabis Use for Epileptic Kids

Ill. House Panel Advances Medical Cannabis Use for Epileptic Kids

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A measure that would allow children with epilepsy to use medical marijuana is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

A House committee approved the proposal on a 15-0 vote. The legislation would add epilepsy to the list of treatable diseases in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. It would also allow children with epilepsy to use medical cannabis.

Parents of children with epilepsy contend the oil from cannabis plants reduces the frequency of seizures and doesn’t get users high. Opponents say they’re against any further legalization of marijuana.

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