Rep. Jason Chaffetz unveils bill to protect users of cannabidiol oil

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a bill Thursday in Congress to protect people who use cannabidiol oil for medical purposes in states where it is legal.

HR4779, the CBD Oil Act of 2016, would bar prosecution of people legally using cannabidiol oil for medication or research as permitted under state law.

Chaffetz said CBD oil — a marijuana extract low in THC, the chemical that causes the "high" in marijuana — has been used to successfully treat epilepsy, cancer and other illnesses.

"Patients who qualify to receive treatment should not have to fear prosecution by the federal government," Chaffetz said in a statement. "States have taken the lead on this issue, and the federal government should follow."


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