Oklahoma’s full Senate, with a unanimous 46 to 0 vote, has passed House Bill 2154, a proposal to legalize the medical use of cannabis extracts. The measure has already passed the state’s House of Representatives with a 99 to 2 vote, and now heads to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration.
Under the proposed law, a child with epilepsy who receives a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to possess and use cannabis extracts such as tinctures and oils that have low amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). University medical centers would be allowed to produce, dispense and study the medicine.
House Bill 2154 has been named Katie’s Law, in honor of State Representative Jon Echols’ niece who suffers from Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy.
Governor Fallin has indicated that she will sign the bill into law once given the chance.