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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People suffering from severe epilepsy could legally use oil derived from marijuana under a bill advancing in the South Carolina House.

The bill says cannabidiol is not an illegal drug if a patient has a prescription or is participating in a clinical trial for treating severe forms of epilepsy.

GOP Rep. Jenny Horne says she named her bill for a 3-year-old constituent who suffers dozens of seizures daily and whose family is moving to Colorado to access the potentially life-changing treatment.

The bill advanced Thursday to the full Judiciary Committee.

The Legislature's only ER doctor, Rep. Kris Crawford, said the cannabis oil shows promise toward helping people with extreme forms of epilepsy live normally.

The narrowly drawn legislation is considered a small step toward allowing other medical uses of marijuana.

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