Representative Gage Froerer is currently trying to convince the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council to treat Cannabidiol extracts as something other than a controlled substance in order for the beneficial cannabinoid to be imported into the state without those involved fearing incarceration.
Congressman Froerer, the same lawmaker who pushed a ban on dangerous synthetic compounds, claims that transporting the extract to Utah may not require legislation. But if legislation is indeed needed, Froerer has vowed to champion the bill.
He has even gone as far as to rename the Cannabidiol extracts “Alepsia,” which means belonging to seizure.
“They could go over to Colorado right now and bring it in,” Representative Froerer said. “But they don’t want to do anything that might be perceived as breaking the law.”
According to the Epilepsy Association of Utah, no state has legislation that specifically mentions the use of high-CBD varieties of marijuana in the form of oral concentrates.
“Utah has an opportunity to be innovative,” said the epilepsy association’s president, Annette Maughan, whose 6-year-old son also has epilepsy. “We are desperate in our need for this legislation to happen in this session. Our children are seizing every day.”
Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on the 420 Times on October 14, 2013.