Illinois moves closer to approving marijuana for epilepsy

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(KPLR) – A new bill that would allow “medical” marijuana use for those with epilepsy, even for minors, is a step closer to becoming “law” in Illinois. A senate committee passed the proposal Tuesday.

Supporters say the oil from marijuana plants reduces seizures and does not get children high.

They say traditional epilepsy medicines are more addictive and can leave children feeling “stoned”.

Opponents argue the bill violates federal law and contradicts drug prevention programs.