Otter vetoes cannabis oil bill

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter vetoed legislation Thursday that would have legalized oil extracted from cannabis plants thought to help relieve severe seizures in epileptic children.

SB 1146 passed both the house and senate during the legislative session.

In a letter that Otter included with his veto he says that while he sympathizes with the families trying to cope with the impacts of the disease, the bill ignores ongoing scientific testing on alternative treatments and it asks the state to look past the potential for misuse and abuse with criminal intent.

Click here to read Governor Otter's full statement.