Supporters Rally Around Gooding Mom Charged for Treating Daughter with Marijuana Butter

Article by Tetona Dunlap, The (Twin Falls) Times-News via Idaho Statesman

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Kelsey Osborne waved a sign outside the Twin Falls County Courthouse: “Illegal does not equal injury.”

She was joined by 10 others including Serra Frank, founding director of Moms for Marijuana International, who held a sign that said, “Parents beware CPS is corrupted.

Osborne, 23, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a misdemeanor count of injury to a child. She was charged after she gave her daughter butter infused with marijuana to treat the girl’s seizure-like symptoms. A jury trial is set for Feb. 8.

Osborne’s case has reignited debates in Idaho over the use of medical marijuana oil to treat children suffering from severe epilepsy and other conditions. And Osborne is raising concerns about what she perceives to be dangerous pharmaceuticals and her choice as a parent to give whatever care she deems necessary to her child.

No one at the courthouse appeared to be rallying in support of the charge against Osborne.

Pro-medical marijuana supporters like Frank say Osborne’s story shows the failure of marijuana prohibition in Idaho.

In 2015, a bill reached Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s desk that would have created a legal defense for possession of cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, a non-psychoactive marijuana extract, if a person had it to treat either theirs or their child’s severe seizure disorder. Otter vetoed the bill and issued an executive order allowing up to 25 children with persistent seizures to have access to an experimental, non-psychoactive drug derived from marijuana.

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