Monday, March 31, 2014

Marijuana oil bill goes to Governor.

The Legislature, in a rare fit of sanity, passed the "marijuana oil" bill last week. It goes without saying that people suffering from seizures and other maladies who need this treatment are very grateful.  Senator Josh Harkins sponsored the original bill and had some really nice things to say on his Facebook page.  It is reprinted with his permission:

It is official... HB1231 Harper Grace's Law is on its way to the Governor for review and signature. The Conference Report passed the Senate this morning unanimously. This has been a journey that I have learned so much about the human spirit. I have witnessed the unwavering dedication of some special mothers and fathers that sacrifice and never give up for the well being of their precious children. This was a collective effort on behalf of so many people and groups. Harper Grace, Hollis, Sam, Emily and so many more, your parents, The University of Ole Miss, Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Paige Figi, Joel Stanley, Rep. Mark Baker and Rep. Brent Powell. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Senate and House for voting to give these families an option to treat these seizures. Today has been a good day!!!


Conference report on bill.

The ironic part is it takes marijuana to bring sanity to the legislature.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Look for a five-year rollout in this state. Just look at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission law in this state and multiply that by ten.

Anonymous said...

Medical necessity and compassion is the driver of this law.

Anonymous said...

"University of Ole Miss" Good 'un Josh.
RS

Midnight Toker said...

More unanswered questions than the 'Carry Law'. Who will dispense? Who can prescribe? How will it be shipped and from where? Will it have to be passed through or warehoused by some new state government department? Is a pharmacist involved? who will maintain what level of record? What level of controlled substance is it? What other states have approved and are USING this drug? Will Feel wear cowboy boots or tie-die when he signs this bill?

Anonymous said...

I am glad this medicine will be available.

Mr. Harkins, some might argue that you now have an obligation. You have shown the people of Mississippi that there is at least one medical use for cannabis. You have unequivocally fought a fight that is mutually exclusive with having cannabis as a schedule I drug as your bill proves a medical purpose. Please act on it.

Anonymous said...

This is not a medical cannabis issue, they extract the oil from which is used to treat the epilepsy. There is no THC in this product.

Anonymous said...

4:44, the problem is that people are blinded by 40+ years of propaganda.

This is a medical use for the plant making its scheduling inconsistent with the existence of the extract.

Don't get me wrong-I don't expect intellectual honesty from prohibitionists.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the oil does contain trace amounts of THC.
There are many other illness' that are treatable with this medicine giving to us by our Creator. Thanks to our legislature for not locking up these sick children who seek relief with this medicine.

Anonymous said...

Actually they extract CBD out of the marijuana. So yes this is a medical marijuana issue.

Kingfish said...

3:02: Senator Harkins doesn't owe you anything.

As for how it is dispensed. I watched the House debate and they said it is dispensed at UMC.

Anonymous said...

3:02 What power, exactly, does Harkins have with the DEA, who assign the Schedules to drugs of abuse?

Anonymous said...

KF, I didn't say he owed me anything-I am happy that his situation will likely have a positive outcome. I think that the most intellectually honest thing he could do is, at the very least, state that Schedule I for this plant is incorrect. That's not asking the guy to join NORML.

Anonymous said...

8:38, does no MS statute schedule drugs?

Anonymous said...

No, 9:04. Thank goodness fifty state legislatures do not schedule drugs. Are you serious?

Anonymous said...

Not only am I serious, but I can also read.

Miss. Stat. Ann. 41-29-113 - 41-29-121.

(I'm gonna wait for you to *tell* me that the MS legislature has no control over that list.)

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