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Marijuana Oil Bill Up For Debate

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s House of Representatives has passed a bill to make a marijuana oil legal in Mississippi under tightly controlled circumstances.

The House approved a conference report working out differences with the Senate on House Bill 1231 Thursday. The Senate still must approve the agreement before it goes to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration.

The oil, which supporters say doesn’t produce a high, is believed to help children with seizures. It would be tested or produced at the University of Mississippi and only available at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican who has been pushing the bill, says that if it becomes law, Ole Miss will have to seek federal approvals to move ahead, which could delay when the oil becomes available.