JACKSON, Miss. — If you have a child with epilepsy, researchers say a certain type of cannabis oil may be able to help reduce their seizures.
Thursday afternoon, Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill into law that would allow Mississippians to have access to that form of medical marijuana.
“The bill I signed into law today will help children who suffer from severe seizure disorders. Throughout the legislative process I insisted on the tightest controls and regulations for this measure, and I have been assured by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics that CBD oil is not an intoxicant. The outcome is a bill that allows this substance to be used therapeutically as is the case for other controlled prescription medications. I am remain opposed to any effort that would attempt to legalize marijuana or its derivatives outside of the confines of this bill.” — Governor Phil Bryant
This particular type of medical marijuana does not get you high. Under the Mississippi law, growing and research would be done at Ole Miss and it would only be used under tight controls, through UMMC to help children who suffer from seizures.
Mississippi still needs to get federal approval in order for the cannabis oil to become legal. Twenty-two other states have already passed a similar bill.