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Family dismayed by vote to block seizure-disorder treatment

PIERRE (AP) -- George Hendrickson watched earlier this week as his immediate hopes for treating his young son with a non-intoxicating compound in marijuana went down with a bill in the state Legislature.

PIERRE (AP) - George Hendrickson watched earlier this week as his immediate hopes for treating his young son with a non-intoxicating compound in marijuana went down with a bill in the state Legislature.

House lawmakers blocked a measure that would have allowed doctors to prescribe preparations of the compound, called cannabidiol, that were low in THC, an intoxicant in marijuana.

Hendrickson and his family are now eyeing a dauntingly expensive move from Sioux Falls to Colorado, where 3-year-old Eliyah was first treated with cannabidiol last year.

It was the bill's last stop before reaching Gov. Dennis Daugaard, but opponents argued that law enforcement opposed the measure and that people could use it to get high.

Hendrickson is also watching with some hope a broader ballot measure stalled at the Secretary of State's office that would allow people with serious medical conditions to use marijuana.

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