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Bill that legalizes use of cannabis oil for medical treatment headed to governor’s desk

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would legalize the use of cannabidiol is headed to the governor’s desk.

House Bill 2154 centers around cannabidiol, a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana.

It would create a pilot program to determine if cannibidiol helps children and adults who suffer from epilepsy.

Medical experts say the oil can be used to treat patients who suffer from epileptic seizures.

“We have children who have tried everything else but are not able to control their seizures,” said Sen. Brian Crain. “This is a unique opportunity for Oklahoma to see what we can do to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of a type of naturally grown product, while at the same time, avoiding the hallucinogenic or narcotic effect of the marijuana plant.”

The bill would allow the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to partner with the Commissioner of Health and OU Medical Center to oversee clinical trials.

Lawmakers say it is not a push to legalize marijuana.

If the pilot program is successful, the bill would allow the legislature to extend the initiative.

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