Congressman's medical marijuana bill 'historic,' say local families

CLAYTON, Mo. - It was a small press conference in York, Pennsylvania, but it made big waves in St. Louis.

"It's a great thing," said Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt (R-Glendale).

Schmitt is talking about U.S. Congressman Scott Perry, who announced he's introducing a bill for the national legalization of medical marijuana oil for children suffering from epilepsy.

Schmitt's son, Stephen, suffers seizures and he sponsored a similar bill in Missouri that became law earlier this month.

"There's a lot of momentum and it seems like this bill is going to have some traction," Schmitt said.

The oil, called CBD, is extracted from the marijuana plant and has been shown to reduce seizures in some children. The Bruno family moved from St. Louis to Colorado to access the oil for Grace, their five-year-old daughter. Jaime Bruno called today's news "historic."

"We couldn't be more thrilled," she said. "There's no telling how many families this is going to help."

The bill will be assigned to a committee, where a passing vote will be required before it can move forward in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It's just a first step but many families said it's a first step in the right direction.


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