Oklahoma governor announces support for limited medical marijuana program

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) announced Wednesday her support for medicinal cannabidiol oil and said she hopes to work with lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session on a measure legalizing its use.

“I do not support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, nor do I support a broadly defined ‘medicinal’ marijuana use that makes it easy for healthy adults and teenagers to find and buy drugs,” Fallin said in a statement. “I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need.”

State Rep. Jon Echols (R) will lead a legislative study to determine the effects of medicinal cannabidiol oil on children, Fallin’s office said.

“I am extremely interested in the findings of that study, and I look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties to pursue policies that can help sick Oklahoma children,” she said in her statement.

Fallin said she supports allowing “limited, heavily supervised use” of medicinal cannabidiol oil for children on a trial basis.

Hunter Schwarz covers state and local politics and policy across the country for the Washington Post.
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