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Marijuana-extract pills still not available in Wisconsin

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Two months after the state approved it, Wisconsin families can still not get their hands on a marijuana-based extract to treat children with constant seizures. The bill which allowed the use of cannabidiol required the drug to get federal F-D-A approval before it could be prescribed. That hasn't happened, so doctors are not touching it -- and children's hospitals in Madison and Milwaukee say they will not apply for F-D-A trial permits which could open the door to the drug's usage.

Assembly Democrat Robb Kahl of Monona said he did not include F-D-A approval in his original version of the bill -- but he said it had to be added at the last minute, or the Republican-controlled Senate would not have passed it. Milwaukee Children's Hospital tells the Journal Sentinel that cannabidiol is an "exciting prospect." However, the manufacturing process can make the drug impure, and the American Academy of Neurology has not recommended it.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says lawmakers have done what they can -- and they cannot force doctors to prescribe the drug. Governor Scott Walker calls the situation frustrating, but he's not sure what can be done about it.

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