Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 4779, the CBD Oil Act of 2016, which would bar prosecution of individuals who use cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medical purposes as permitted by existing state law. Fifteen states, including Utah, have passed legislation permitting use of CBD oil for medicinal purposes. This legislation is supported by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.
Chaffetz: ”The use of CBD oil to treat epilepsy, cancer, and other intractable diseases has been successful for many patients including children. Patients who qualify to receive treatment should not have to fear prosecution by the federal government. States have taken the lead on this issue and the federal government should follow.”
Gov. Herbert: “I support Rep. Chaffetz in his effort to alleviate the fear that many Utah families face over conflicting state and federal laws regarding cannabis oil. This legislation resolves that concern by respecting decisions made at the local level.”
CBD oil is a naturally occurring substance derived from cannabis and, as a Schedule I substance, it falls under the definition of “marihuana” in the Controlled Substances Act. Consequently, the purchase or possession of the substance could subject a patient to federal prosecution. This bill defers to states on the legality of prescribed medicinal CBD oil use.
Source: Congressman Jason Chaffetz press release