Oklahoma News
11:40 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Fallin Supports Limited Use Of Cannabis Oil

Gov. Mary Fallin says she supports the legalization of an oil derived from cannabis, but says she remains firmly opposed to legalizing all medical marijuana.

The bud of a Cannabis sativa flower coated with trichomes.
The bud of a Cannabis sativa flower coated with trichomes.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Fallin asked lawmakers Wednesday to support the legalization of cannabidiol, which is an oil derived from the marijuana plant. The oil can only be taken orally and is non-psychoactive. Research suggests it may be effective to treat toddlers with rare conditions that cause seizures and strokes.

“I do not support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana,” Fallin said in a statement. “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.”

Backers of a broader proposal to legalize medical marijuana have until Friday to submit signatures to qualify for the ballot. Fallin says she does not support that measure.

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