It is somewhat unthinkable, but 3 1/2 years ago it was a felony 5 year prison sentence if a mother was caught with a simple bottle of pure CBD oil. But Rep Jon Echols sought to change that, for some Oklahoma children who were suffering debilitating seizures and other terrible disabilities. Even though the oil had no psychoactive content (THC) there were plenty of those who needed a lot of 'encouragement to vote for it. In the end, there were still a handful of legislators who refused to allow any product of the cannabis plant to be legal.
On February 28th the members supporting the bill totaled 85. 5 voted against it, including a licensed physician; and 9 did not register a vote.
Today, CBD oil is sold in all 50 states without any prescription, patient license, or dosage limits.
It is found to be therapeutic in far more treatment protocols than even the house author of HB2154 even knew of.
It would take until November 1st of 2015 before mom's could legally possess the essential oil, It seems asinine today. Considering how far we've come.
Today Rep. Echols' HB2612 passed the House with 93 votes of support. That bill authorizes permanent framework for patients to utilize all parts of the cannabis plant. But the restrictions are immense and the cost is expensive, because of the regulations.
How many will look back 4 years from now and wonder what all the fuss was about.
At the time, the CBD law was considered "A medical trail" program with very few candidates qualifying. The bill was 24 pages long and had several strict rules.
Only a few diagnosed conditions were eligible and even then the physicians were required to try other methods first.
But by making the oil even slightly available, citizens eventually found the beneficial uses and pushed for federal reforms to make even more people able to benefit.
Many believe that the same scenario is playing out for Medical Marijuana.
Perhaps in just a few years we will all chuckle at the nonsense rules that the legislature tried to force on something as harmless as Cannabis.