Senate Bill 701 passed in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. The bill allows for the eventual production and distribution of cannabis oils, which supporters say can ease conditions for people with severe epilepsy.
The bill now goes to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s desk for his signature
State Sen. Louise Lucas has been stymied in an attempt to legalize derivatives of the marijuana plant for treating cancer.
Lucas’ legislation, which sailed through the Senate on a 38-2 vote this month, was rejected Monday by a House of Delegates subcommittee after almost no debate, halting its progress for the year.
The Virginia Senate passed a bill that will allow the production and manufacturing of two different marijuana oils for patients with epilepsy. It’s called the Medical Marijuana Program Improvement bill.
Last year, two bills gave epilepsy patients a defense if found in possession of cannabis oils. But, the law provided no way for patients to actually obtain the oils without breaking federal and state laws.
That’s where this latest bill would change things.
Many people who suffer from epilepsy report that a medication derived from the marijuana plant doesn’t get them high but does prevent seizures, and after parents lobbied for their sick children to have access, Virginia’s legislature signed off. Now, those parents want the General Assembly to legalize manufacture and distribution of cannabidiol or CBD oil as Sandy Hausman reports.