Iowa legislature votes cannabis oil ok for epilepsy treatment

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The Iowa legislature passed a bill that would legalize oil from marijuana plants to be used for treating severe epilepsy.

The Iowa House of Representatives voted 75-20 in favor of the measure after working out details continued overnight Wednesday, April 30, 2014 and into the early-morning hours Thursday, May 1.  The House vote happened just after 3:30 a.m.

The Senate voted about an hour later, and approved the measure 38-8.

The bill allows patients, or their guardians, with a prescription from a neurologist, to possess up to 32 ounces of the cannabis oil.  Users must obtain a state-issued ID card that allows them to possess the drug.

It is still illegal to produce cannabis oil in Iowa, though, so they will have to travel outside of the state to get the oil.

The measure now goes to Governor Terry Branstad, who must sign it before it becomes law.