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Wis. Approves Medical Marijuana Byproduct, Giving Minn. Families Hope

Updated: 04/23/2014 6:48 AM
Created: 04/22/2014 10:03 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls

Wisconsin has a new law approving the use of a byproduct of marijuana for medical purposes, but families who seek medical marijuana in Minnesota say the new Wisconsin law does not offer much help across the border.

Jessica Hauser's son, Wyatt, suffers more than a hundred brain-damaging seizures every day. She thinks legalizing medical marijuana is her son's best hope for treatment. So, when Wisconsin passed a new law allowing an oil extract of the marijuana plant to be used for seizure parents, there was some cautious optimism.

Hauser tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "the law still does not allow Wisconsin to grow marijuana, and federal law does not allow marijuana, or extracts of it, to cross state lines, so I do not see much help for Minnesota families from the Wisconsin law." 

Hauser says she is hopeful Minnesota will still pass new legislation by the end of the legislative session to permit medical marijuana. If not, she says, her family will still pursue help in states where it is legal, such as Oregon and Colorado.

"It is not ideal to have to leave family behind, but if that is what it takes to get Wyatt the help he needs, we will cross that bridge when it is time," Hauser said.

One Wisconsin lawmaker who supported the Wisconsin marijuana byproduct bill says physicians in Wisconsin could receive a waiver from the federal government that allows them to import the oil extract from other states.

Still, Hauser says getting a waiver from the federal government for this type of treatment is "extremely rare." She says it has happened only a handful of times across the country in the past 30 years.


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