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Wisconsin Governor Renames Marijuana Byproduct Law

Created: 05/21/2014 10:41 AM KAALtv.com

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin law that allows limited use of a marijuana byproduct to treat seizures has been renamed after the young girl who was the face of the proposal died this month.

Gov. Scott Walker issued a proclamation Wednesday renaming the measure Lydia's Law after 7-year-old Lydia Schaeffer, of Burlington. Schaeffer suffered from severe seizures and died from the disorder May 11 this year.

The new law legalized cannabidiol oil, a non-psychotropic extract that is used to treat seizure disorders. Schaeffer's family started a grassroots effort to pass the bill and the Legislature passed it unanimously.

Walker signed the bill April 16, three days before Schaeffer's birthday. The governor also named April 19 Lydia Schaeffer Day in honor of the girl's birthday.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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