Idaho lawmakers this Monday passed a bill to allow parents to treat epileptic children with an oil extracted from cannabis. Idaho’s House approved it 39 to 30 after more than an hour of intense debate.
Opponents argued the bill legalizes marijuana. The oil has small amounts of the chemical that makes pot users high. Iona Republican Thomas Loertscher said the bill was not about legalizing drug use but about easing children’s suffering.
“This is whether we want to measure what we do here with compassion, or whether we do what we do out of fear,” Loertscher says.