UPDATE: Wed 1:02 PM, April 16, 2014
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state senator says Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes the use of a marijuana byproduct to help treat children's seizures.
The bill allows the use of cannabidiol, an oil extract, to be administered under the care of a doctor. The measure falls far short of legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote in March. The Senate passed it unanimously earlier this month. Sen. Robert Wirch, a Somers Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, released a statement Wednesday saying the governor had signed the measure.
ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 9:52 PM, Feb. 12, 2014
Medical marijuana is a hot topic for the United States, and now some families are telling Wisconsin lawmakers that their children need it for a better life.
Many shared their views during an assembly committee hearing at the Capitol in Madison on whether to legalize it Wednesday, including one Rib Lake mother Krista Blomberg who said she's exhausted all her options for her son 18-year-old son Landon Blomberg.
"I need my seizures to stop," Landon said.
Landon started having seizures when he was five years old.
"I begin to shake," Landon said.
"I've had times where I wonder if he's going to stop breathing," Krista said. "It goes on a while, and he starts turning colors. Will he choke?"
Landon said he doesn't remember most of the seizures, however his mother never forgets.
"There is nothing you can do. You just wait for it to stop," Krista said. "Do you know if it's going to last longer than five minutes?"
Krista said she wants a better option for Landon, which is what brought her to the Capitol from Rib Lake Wednesday.
A proposed bill is on the Assembly's Family and Children Committee table to legalize the prescription of medical marijuana, which has an oil that helps reduce seizures.
"If it's helping our children, I'd definitely like to understand it more," Representative John Spiros for the 86th State Assembly said. "If it's something that can come here, i'm in favor for it."
The room was captivated and emotional, listening to mothers pleading for another option for their children.
"I told her I'm sorry. I'm so sorry, and that I'm trying to save her. I'm sorry she was going through this," one mother said in her personal testimony to the committee explaining what she told her daughter who suffers from seizures.
Tears streamed down faces and welled up even in the committee member's eyes, while children like Lydia, Nick and Landon watch, and families hope.
"We could move out to Colorado. It's an option, but it's not an option we want to pursue," Krista said.
For Krista, the success stories in Colorado are enough for her to want this for her son.
"I want this here in Wisconsin," Krista said.
Landon said he just wants the bill to move forward and his seizures to stop.
"Emotionally, psychically, mentally and spiritually. I am just all around strong," Landon said.
Other than convincing the committee executive chair to move the bill forward for further discussion, other hoops to jump through before this bill becomes a law, includes FDA approval that the drug has medicinal use and other legislation established for shipping it.
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