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Cannabis extract bill headed to governor's desk

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Legislation has passed the Missouri Senate that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy isn't relieved by other treatments.

The Republican-led Senate passed the bill 32-0 on Thursday. The House also passed the bill.

The bill would allow use of "hemp extract" containing little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD.

The vote came after Sen. Eric Schmitt gave an impassioned speech about his son, who has epilepsy. Schmitt says he doesn't know if CBD oil will work but that a lot of families are willing to try.

"When he has them at night, all I can do is just hold him. And say that I love him. And I often wonder what he would say to me. Is he scared? How long is it gonna last? And I pray every night when I'm holding him that something will make a difference," he said.

Schmitt's family watched the debate from the Senate chamber.

The bill is now headed to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

Hemp oil is currently legal in Colorado. Even though there is no scientific study to validate the anecdotal evidence, it does have a remarkable record of eliminating epileptic seizures.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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