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Miss. House passes bill to legalize marijuana oil

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House of Representatives voted Thursday to make a medicinal marijuana oil legal in the state under tightly controlled circumstances.

The House voted 112-6 to pass the final version of House Bill 1231. The Senate still must approve the agreement before it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

Thursday's action was a significant development, though, because the House had previously rejected the proposal. The Senate already has agreed to a version of the language.

The oil is believed to help prevent seizures, and supporters say it doesn't produce a high. A group of parents who have children with severe epilepsy are asking lawmakers to legalize the oil.

"I don't want to get Mississippi 10-year-old children high," said House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Mark Baker, R-Brandon, who supports the bill. "I want the seizures to stop."

Only Mississippi-licensed physicians would be able to prescribe the oil, and it could be dispensed only at the pharmacy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. UMMC would obtain its supply from Ole Miss' National Center for Natural Products Research in Oxford. That center grows marijuana for medical research sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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