Access to Cannabidiol - SB 15


Requires the health department to issue registrations to approved physicians, caregivers, and patients researching the use of hemp oil to treat intractable epilepsy. SB 15 exempts those registered from criminal penalty associated with hemp oil. No provision is made for a nurse, so the current language would preclude a nurse from being involved in the dispensing of the hemp oil in the study. ISNA offered committee testimony asking for nurses to be included in the immunity provisions of the bill, and the committee members appeared receptive to the proposal. On 2/7, the committee amended and passed SB 15. The amendment adds nurses and pharmacists to immunity provisions and allows pharmacists to dispense up to a 30-day supply. On 2/13, the Senate amended SB 15 to specifically include advanced practice nurses. On 2/14, the Senate passed SB 15 by a vote of 38-12. The bill is in the House and assigned to the Courts and Criminal Code Committee.