A bill (House Bill 2835) to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis oil for those with a variety of medical conditions was given unanimous approval today by the the Oklahoma Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The measure was passed last month by the House of Representatives with an 89 to 6 vote.
Under the proposed law those 18 and older who have a qualifying condition and receive a recommendation from a physician would be legally authorized to possess and use cannabis oil that has no more than 0.3% THC. Qualifying conditions include intractable nausea and vomiting, lack of appetite due to conditions such as cancer, and spasticity issues due to Multiple Sclerosis and paraplegia.
“I’m very excited,” says Representative Jon Echols, who introduced the bill (which is now up for a full Senate vote). “This is a very important piece of legislation that seems to be working its way through the process quickly.”
In April of last year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2154 into law, legalizing the use of low-THC cannabis oil for children with seizure disorders.