Just weeks before Mississippi voters decide to launch two rival medical marijuana initiatives, Gov. Tate Reeves (right) is adding a new wrinkle to the mix.

On Thursday, the governor signed into law an amendment to state law to allow people to get drugs derived from marijuana 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 was “opposed to attempts to make marijuana popular.”

โ€œHowever, helping people with safe treatment should not go unnoticed,โ€ he said. “Just signed a bill for kids like Brady and Brianna with a rare form of epilepsy to get FDA-approved treatment.”

Just weeks before Mississippi voters decide to launch two rival medical marijuana initiatives, Gov. Tate Reeves (right) is adding a new wrinkle to the mix.

Reeves’ tweet about the signing of the law posted pictures of him with these children.

Under the bill, federally-approved cannabis drugs will be removed from the Mississippi Schedule V drug code. This came about six months after the Drug Enforcement Administration removed the CBD-derived drug Epidiolex from the federal controlled substances law.

โ€œI’m so glad this bill can help Brady and Brianna, but the Medical Marijuana Initiative 65 will help thousands of families across the state with loved ones suffering from 22 debilitating illnesses, including cancer, seizures, PTSD, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and other diseases. ALS, โ€ said Marijuana Moment Jamie Grantham, director of public relations for Mississippians for Compassionate Care (MCC). “I urge voters to vote YES for Initiative 65 on November 3rd!”

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