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Marijuana Extract Medication Could Be Coming To Mississippi

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 27 Mar 2014 05:02pm | comments

A type of marijuana oil used to treat some illnesses could soon become available in Mississippi under a bill passed by the state house. M-P-B's Jeffrey Hess reports the bill passed overwhelmingly after efforts to calm fears about the bills reach....

The extract, know as CBD, is used by doctors to help treat some neurological conditions such as epilepsy in children.

Supporters say it could help people like Jessica Edwards, whose four year old daughter has10-to-30 seizures a day that have left her with the mental capacity of a five month old.

Edwards says the CBD could give her daughter a chance that existing medication has not provided.

"She is in a wheel chair. She is no-verbal;. She is unable to eat by mouth. She does learn new things very slowly. but if she has a pretty bad seizure episode it kind of comes and takes it away from her," Edwards said.

CBD does not produce a high.

Supporters spent over an hour on the floor of the house trying to ease concerns that allowing C-B-D would open the door to other types of medical marijuana.

During floor discussion Representative Mark Formby of Picayune compared the use of marijuana extract to other medically approved drugs that come from illegal plants.

"The product from opium is used daily in treatments and especially pain killers and medication across the county. Wouldn't you agree that that would be an example of an illegal plant that cannot be used except for medical purposes and it is used daily in almost every major hospital in the united states," Formby said.

The marijuana oil would only available at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

A number of representatives, like Manly Barton of Moss Point called on the representatives to focus on the help this could provide to sick kids.

"You could spend the next 20 years here and not vote on a single issue that would have a greater impact on a child's life than the one that is before us today," Barton said.

The senate must also agree to the bill before it can be sent to the governor.

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