Mississippi: House Passes Bill Legalizing Marijuana-Derived CBD Oil
By Steve Elliott
The Mississippi House on Thursday passed a bill to make marijuana-derived CBD oil, made from a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, legal in Mississippi under "tightly controlled circumstances."
The House approved a conference report which ironed out the differences with the Mississippi Senate on House Bill 1231, reports WJTV. The Senate would still have to approve that agreement before the bill goes to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or veto.
CBD oil is believed to help children with seizures. Under the bill, it would be tested at the University of Mississippi and would only be available the Ole Miss Medical Center in Jackson.
According to sponsor Sen. Josh Harkins, even if the bill becomes law, it will need federal approval to move ahead. In the real world, that unfortunately means the bill will probably never help a single patient, since the federal government doesn't approve medical marijuana studies and officialy considers cannabis a Schedule I drug with no medical uses.
Cannabidiol, or CBD as it's more popularly known, is the new darling of lawmakers in conservative states (like Mississippi) who sense the rising tide of popular support for medical marijuana -- and would love to appear to be "doing something" -- but lack the political courage or will to advocate for an actual medical marijuana law.
CBD is politically safe because, as a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, it doesn't get anyone high, and better yet, it helps to quell seizures of the kind often found in pediatric epilepsy. So the combination of "helping kids" and "it doesn't get you high" as proven an "in" for medical marijuana in what would otherwise have been quite forbidding places, such as the halls of power in Utah, Alabama, and Mississippi.
The disquieting fact about these no-political-risk types of laws (Alabama's passed unanimously in both chambers, amidst much self-congratulation) was that (a) they are written so narrowly as to help only a handful of children, or perhaps none at all, according to some critics; and (b) all of the dozens of cannabinoids found in marijuana work most effective in a synergistic fashion, potentiating each others' medical benefits in what Dr. Sanjay Gupta has called the "Entourage Effect."
Additional important information of which the legislators were apparently unaware is that, as first reported on Toke Signals, it doesn't even have to be a high-CBD strain to treat pediatric seizures without getting kids high. Uncarboxylated THC -- that is, THC which hasn't been exposed to heat, which is THCA, or THCA acid -- is also effective against seizures, and it isn't psychoactive, either.