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House committee limits, but approves, cannabis oil bill

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Iowa Sen. Bill Dotzler of Waterloo poses with Maria LaFrance of Des Moines and her son, Quincy, on April 15. (Courtesy Senate Press) Iowa Sen. Bill Dotzler of Waterloo poses with Maria LaFrance of Des Moines and her son, Quincy, on April 15. (Courtesy Senate Press)
DES MOINES (AP) -

An already specific bill legalizing the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy has been further narrowed by a legislative panel.

The House Public Safety Committee amended and approved the measure Tuesday, 13-5. It is now eligible for floor debate.

The legislation requires patients and caregivers to acquire a registration card through Iowa's Department of Public Health, per a written recommendation from a neurologist. The oil would have to be obtained in another state that produces it.

Amendments adopted by the panel would limit the amount of the oil in a patient or caregiver's possession, require rules for temporary registration cards and charge the University of Iowa with the task of conducting a clinical study to determine how the drug works and whether there are side effects.

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