OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin singed a bill Thursday that would allow medical trials of cannabidiol for sick children.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a low THC non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana.
CBD has been used to effectively treat children who suffer from epileptic seizures and help reduce the number and intensity of those seizures.
House Bill 2154 was authored by Rep. Jon Echols and Sen. Brian Crain. The bill is known as “Katie and Cayman’s Law,” named after a young relative of Echols and a family-friend of Crain, both of whom suffer from seizures.
“This bill will help get sick children potentially life-changing medicine,” said Fallin. “By crafting the legislation in a way that allows for tightly controlled medical studies, we can ensure we are researching possible treatments in a responsible and scientific way.”
Governor Fallin says she remains opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.
“The CBD oil we are studying is a non-intoxicating derivative of marijuana,” said Fallin. “It is not marijuana, and it is not anything that can make you ‘high.’ This law has been narrowly crafted to support highly supervised medical trials for children with debilitating seizures. It is not a first step towards legalizing marijuana, and I will never support the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics will partner with the Commissioner of Health and OU Medical Center to oversee clinical trials.
If the pilot program is successful, the bill would allow the legislature to extend the initiative.