Utah House Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Hemp Oil for Medical Purposes
Utah’s House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee has voted, 8 to 2, to approve House Bill 0105, a proposal to legalize hemp oil for medical purposes. The proposal would also permit universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for “the purpose of agricultural or academic research”.
If approved into law, the bill would allow those in the state to receive a waiver from Utah’s Department of Health to legally possess and use hemp oil extract, provided they receive a doctor’s recommendation, and have a “neurological condition”. The proposal was initially designed to help the tens of thousands of children and adult in the state who suffer from epilepsy.
“I feel like it’s a safe — hemp oil. They can’t get high off it. It’s not smoke. It’s not something that, at this time, has been shown to have any harmful side effects, and I’ll take that over the medication that I already know,” said Barbara Kohler during the bill’s public hearing; Barbara’s 10-month old son, Peyton, has Dravet syndrome. Barbara and other parents of epileptic children cried and cheered after the committee approved the proposal.
House Bill 0105, which was filed by Republican Representative Gage Froerer, would take effect on July 1st of this year if approved into law.
The measure now heads to its second committee, where its passage will send it to the full House.