Utah House OKs bill on pot-derived epilepsy drug

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have advanced a measure allowing parents of children who have seizures to legally buy a marijuana-derived drug.

The House voted 62-11 Monday to approve the measure from Huntsville Republican Gage Froerer.

It would let Utah families bring back from neighboring Colorado medicine that some parents say goes lengths in tempering kids' violent fits. Current law prohibits the trip.

And parents would first need consent from a neurologist to apply for a one-year pass.

The medicine they pick up would need to contain less than half a percent of THC, the hallucinogenic property found in marijuana.

Lawmakers also tweaked the bill to impose a July 2016 expiration date.

After the Monday vote, cheers erupted from the balcony, a rare happening in the chamber.

The bill advances to the Senate.

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