SPRINGFIELD - A proposal that would allow children to use medical marijuana passed the Senate on Tuesday with a 49-5 vote. It adds epilepsy to the medical conditions that can be treated with medical pot.
Currently, only residents 18 years and older can use medical marijuana in the state's four-year pilot program. However, some parents are claiming that consuming oil from the marijuana plant reduces seizures and doesn't make children feel high.
Democrat State Sen. Iris Martinez is sponsoring the measure. Though not a doctor, she claims using medical marijuana will reduce seizures in children.
Opponents say legalizing marijuana for minors contradicts the state's drug prevention programs. The bill now moves to the House for consideration.