Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant, has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. The bill will become law July 1.
Gov. Bryant signed the bill after waiting for the Bureau of Narcotics to assure him that the oil can’t be used to produce a high. The medicine will be used to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy. Bryant says he opposes any other attempt to legalize marijuana or products from it.
The cannabis extract will only be available by prescription and dispensed through a University of Mississippi Medical Center pharmacy. The medical center is set to obtain its cannabis supply from the University of Mississippi’s National Center for Natural Products Research in Oxford. That center grows marijuana for medical research sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.