Republican circulating bill to fix problem that's blocked use of marijuana byproduct

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MADISON, Wisconsin — A Republican state senator is circulating a proposal designed to help make a marijuana byproduct available to treat people with seizures a year after it was legalized but still not accessible.

The Legislature last year passed a bill allowing the use of cannabidiol oil, but no one has been able to legally access it because of various state and federal law hurdles.

Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine on Thursday asked for support of his measure that would eliminate the requirement that people have a prescription for the oil in order to use it. Under his proposal, people could not be prosecuted simply for possessing the oil.

Seven-year-old Lydia Schaeffer died a month after the bill was signed, never able to access the oil to help treat her severe seizures.

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