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April 25, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.  |  By: Associated Press (AP)

Cannabis Extract as Epilepsy Treatment

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.
The bill would allow use of "hemp extract" containing little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called CBD. Patients would qualify if they have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three other treatment options.
Yesterday's 139 to 13 House vote sends the bill on to the Senate. The legislation would take effect immediately after it is signed into law. 
Other states have moved to allow the use of CBD oil for treating epilepsy.