LINCOLN — Efforts to legalize a hemp oil extract for treating Nebraskans with uncontrolled seizures will have to wait for another year.
State Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue withdrew a bill Tuesday that would have provided a narrow exemption to state marijuana laws.
She introduced Legislative Bill 1102 after hearing from the parents of an 11-year-old boy with constant uncontrolled seizures.
But she said Tuesday that she only wanted to pursue the legislation if an epilepsy specialist in the state was willing to oversee treatment with the extract, also called cannabidiol oil. The bill would have allowed use of the oil only when directed by such a specialist.
Crawford said there are no specialists in Nebraska willing to provide such oversight.
However, she said she plans to pursue the issue and will do an interim study. She noted that an online petition in support of legalizing the oil has garnered more than 2,800 signatures.
LB 1102, dubbed “Will’s Law” after the 11-year-old, would have only permitted oil that is very low in THC, the compound that produces the marijuana high.
Cannabidiol oil has generated excitement among epilepsy parents nationwide following reports of dramatic improvement in some children treated with it in Colorado.