TULSA - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced Wednesday she wants lawmakers to work with her to approve legalization of a form of medical marijuana on a trial basis.
Specifically, she wants to test the efficacy of cannabidiol oil, which is made using a compound in marijuana that is not an intoxicant.
The two main compounds in the marijuana plant that are used for medical purposes are THC and CBD.
THC is the compound that gets people "high."
CBD can be refined into an oil that's used especially in cases of children with seizure disorders.
In a statement sent to KRMG, Fallin said “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.”
But, she continued, “I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need. I am very interested in allowing limited, heavily supervised use of non-intoxicating CBD to be delivered on a trial-basis to sick children in Oklahoma.”
Strains of marijuana higher in CBD and lower in THC have been introduced in recent years.
Previously, cultivators of the plant for recreational purposes had deliberately developed strains with more THC and less CBD.