Idaho considers those who use CBD oil for epilepsy, or any other medical condition as committing a crime against society. The family and friends of Josh Phillips, suffering from epilepsy with severe seizures, argue that it is actually a case of the state committing the crime against society by denying patients medicine.
Who is really guilty of “committing a crime against society” patients in need of CBD oil for epilepsy, or the state denying it?
Priest River Times reports on Josh Phillips who suffers epilepsy with severe seizures, but is also the star in a film “Hope Vetoed” made by Idaho’s Freedom Foundation to educate and inform people on CBD oil as a medicine.
If Josh lived in almost any other state but Idaho, he would be able to use CBD oil for his epilepsy. All the states surrounding Idaho allow CBD to be sold legally, even Wyoming and Utah, which are not the most progressive of states, and most definitely not known as the cannabis Mecca of the US.
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Crossing the boarder with CBD could land you in jail
If Josh or any compassionate member of his family decided to cross the boarder to buy Josh some CBD oil, they will be violating the state law which considers having CBD oil as being the same as possession of marijuana. They could be fined if they were lucky, but they would most likely end up in jail, since CBD oil is considered a crime against society in Idaho.
The Freedom Foundation heard of many cases over the last few months where people believe CBD oil as a medicine could bring relief. The organization advocates for the state of Idaho to legalize the use of CBD as a medicine.
Citizens consider the law as heartless
Many people have come forward to say that they consider the state laws as heartless and uncompassionate. The whole cannabis plant is considered illegal from stem to flower. The psychoactive cannabinoid THC is not distinguished from the non-psychoactive CBD, which benefits so many people medically in other states.
This injustice is blamed on Gov. Butch Otter, a man who vetoed last year’s legislation on making CBD oil available to patients such as Josh who suffer severe seizures. He is accused of having special interests in siding with cannabidiol-based pharmaceutical companies that use taxpayer’s money to fund studies investigating compounds found in cannabis with the intention of filing patents, while preventing others from using it as a medicine.
The writer of the article invites readers to consider a drug like Ritalin – given to thousands of children worldwide, but with some seriously nasty side effects. Yet, it is approved by the federal government. Opioids prescribed by doctors, and legally available, have become the source of national addiction and overdose.
CBD oil for epilepsy
The CBD oil obtained from the hemp strain of cannabis is low in THC. According to parents and numerous news reports, CBD oil for epilepsy has left many children seizure free. The pharmaceutical, Epidiolex, a CBD-based medicine is currently reaching the end of successful trials that will very likely result in full FDA approval before long.
Hopefully Josh will soon be able to either use the drug, as it is in the pipeline for approval early in 2017, or perhaps Idaho lawmakers will revise their view on natural CBD oil for epilepsy.