Allowing parents of children with untreatable epilepsy to use cannabidiol, or CBD, oil was one of the most hotly debated topics of the 2015 legislative session.
The bill’s lead sponsor was Sen. Curt McKenzie, of Nampa, who introduced the first of five proposed bills on Feb. 25, 2015. At the print hearing, the conservative Republican said he had been examining the issue since a parent whose child had Dravet Syndrome had approached him.
Dravet Syndrome is a rare, severe and often untreatable form of epilepsy. Seizures often begin before an affected child’s first birthday. Some seizures can last more than an hour and severely affect mental health and normal development. Sudden death from a seizure is possible.
The National Institutes of Health indicates the disease hasn’t been studied well enough to determine life expectancy, but about 15 percent of children with Dravet don’t make it to adulthood.
In a series of hearings throughout March