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Lawmakers approve measure to legalize medicinal cannabis oil in Miss.

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While the length of the seizures has gone down, she is having them more frequently. While the length of the seizures has gone down, she is having them more frequently.
MISSISSIPPI -

(WMC-TV) - The Mississippi House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure to legalize medical cannabis oil, a decision that one Mississippi family has been praying to hear for a while.

The news is a long awaited blessing for the Durval family.

Ashley Durval's daughter Harper Grace has suffered from seizures since she was six-months-old. Any seizure could be her last, and it does not have to be a bad one.

"It's just been a series of different medications. A lot of them don't work. We're kind of on our last one as far as anti-seizure medications," said Durval.

Harper Grace's family has learned she has a rare disease called Dravet Syndrome. While the length of the seizures has gone down, she is having them more frequently. That is all despite the four medicines they give her on a daily basis.

It was stories like Harper Grace's that fueled State Senator Josh Harkins' push for the cannabis oil legislation.

"When you see how just at the end of the rope they are, to give them the opportunity to have hope that this may effect their lives in a positive manner, it's been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had up here," said Harkins.

Harkins wants to make one point clear.

"It's not recreational marijuana. It's not medical marijuana. And people are confused about that," said Harkins.

The oil is different than marijuana because it has extremely low levels of the property called THC, which is what makes people high.

"The only way this drug is administered is orally. It is either given in drops under the tongue or in food. So it is not anything you smoke or a pill you take," added Harkins.

If made law, the oil will be extracted at the Ole Miss facility and only administered at the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a doctor's approval.

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