Missouri issues licenses to grow hemp for epilepsy patients

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A cannabis extract that some parents believe may help treat seizures experienced by their children with epilepsy may be available in Missouri this year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Missouri Department of Agriculture last week issued permits for two companies to grow cannabis under a state law allowing some epilepsy patients to obtain an extract from cannabis plants.

The extract legalized in Missouri must have low amounts of the high-producing chemical tetrahydrocannabinol , or THC, and high amounts of cannabidiol, or CBD, which is the component parents believe helps ease seizures.

Families have moved to Colorado and other states where the CBD extract is available to their children with epilepsy.

One of the growers licensed by the state says the CBD extract may be available by September.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune