Governor Fallin Announces Support for Use of Marijuana Oil in Children
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced Wednesday her support for medical marijuana that could help toddlers with rare medical conditions.
In a news release Wednesday morning, Fallin said that she would begin working with lawmakers in the next legislative session to support legalization of "medicinal cannabidoil oil" on a limited, medically supervised, trial-only basis. It's use could be particularly effective in toddlers with conditions that cause seizures and strokes.
"I do not support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana," Fallin stated. "Nor do I support a broadly-defined 'medicinal' marijuana use that makes it easy for healthy adults and teenagers to find and buy drugs."
Medical experts have stated that the oil is not intoxicating or used as a recreational drug. But it is a component in the marijuana plant.
"I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need. I am very interested in allowing limited, heavily supervised use of non-intoxicating CBD to be delivered on a trial-basis to sick children in Oklahoma," Fallin added in her statement.
Representative Jon Echols is currently preparing to lead a legislative study examining the possibility of allowing medical trials for the use of non-intoxicating CBD oils to children affected by severe seizures.
"I am extremely interested in the findings of that study, and I look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties to pursue policies that can help sick Oklahoma children," said Fallin.