Sunday, 17 November 2013

Utah doctors endorse push for medical marijuana

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A University of Utah neurologist and two other Utah doctors announced their support this week for allowing medical use of a marijuana extract for Utah children who suffer from seizures.

Dr. Francis Filloux says in a letter sent to the state Controlled Substances Advisory Committee on Tuesday that the extract is a promising option for children with epilepsy.

The doctors join a push led by one Utah mom to change state law to allow the use of the extract.

It is grown in neighboring Colorado and many believe it helps children with a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.

A bill is expected to be introduced during the next legislative session to permit the import of the product.