Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Allowing FDA-Approved Cannabis Medications As Legalization Vote Looms

Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Allowing FDA-Approved Cannabis Medications As Legalization Vote Looms

With just weeks left before Mississippi voters decide on a pair of dueling medical marijuana initiatives, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) is adding a new wrinkle into the mix. The governor signed legislation on Thursday that amends state law to allow people to obtain marijuana-derived medications that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In announcing the action, Reeves reiterated his opposition to broader medical cannabis reform, stating that he’s “against efforts to make marijuana mainstream.” “That said—helping people with safe treatments should not be off the table,” he said. “Just signed a bill for kids like Brady and Brianna with a rare form of epilepsy to get FDA-approved treatment.” I’m against efforts to make marijuana mainstream. That said—helping people with safe treatments should not be off the table. Just signed a bill for kids like Brady and Brianna with a rare form of epilepsy to get FDA-approved treatment. @SenatorHarkins led on it for years! pic.twitter.com/NdvRfomtNV — Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) October 8, 2020 Reeves’s tweet about signing the legislation included photos of him with those children. Under the bill, federally approved cannabis medications would be removed from Schedule V of Mississippi’s drug code. This comes about six months after the Drug Enforcement Administration removed the CBD-derived medication Epidiolex from the federal Controlled Substances Act. While the modest state reform to expand access to these prescription drugs marks a positive development for patients who need them, reform advocates have been skeptical about the top officials’ intentions ahead of the election.…

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