420: No Longer Just for Stoners as Weed Politics Grow

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This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, NONDOC.com

 

Merry Spliffmas and Happy Chronukah, y’all!

Each year, April 20 stands as a sort of marijuana-appreciation day, mainly because the numerical date of 4-20 corresponds to a widely used weed-smoking euphemism with murky origins.

Provenance aside, the politics surrounding marijuana and its various uses have shifted the issue of legalization from the fringe advocacy of bearded Grateful Dead fans to one of mainstream political discourse.

Indeed, as states loosen pot restrictions to either allow full-blown recreational use or merely access to medical marijuana, the medical, economic and social benefits of decriminalization grow more apparent.

Medical marijuana is a health care issue

On Monday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 1559 into law. Effective Nov. 1, licensed health care practitioners ranging from veterinarians to podiatrists will be able to administer cannabidiol (CBD) treatments legally in the state as long as such treatments have received federal Food and Drug Administration approval. It also allows industrial hemp to be shipped into Oklahoma (but not grown here).

Common maladies that benefit from CBD treatments, as cited in the bill, include epileptic conditions, multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation to combat chronic-wasting diseases, among others.

The governor’s approval of HB 1559, which passed 80-7 in the House and 44-0 in the Senate, continues a push for the relaxation of laws restricting the use of CBD oil.

In 2015, Fallin signed what became known as Katie’s Law, which allowed children under 18 years to receive CBD treatments as part of clinical trials. In 2016, Rep. Jon Echols (R-OKC), who also authored HB 1559 along with Sen. Ervin Yen (R-OKC and a cardiac anesthesiologist), pushed a bill to remove those age restrictions and expand CBD test treatments to adults.

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