Missouri Lawmakers Debate Whether to Legalize Medical Marijuana

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Missouri Lawmakers Debate Whether to Legalize Medical MarijuanaWhilst Missouri lawmakers aren’t about to legalize marijuana, the push to have cannabis extract used to treat epilepsy has gained backing from key Republican politicians.

The draft law is currently being processed in the Missouri House, where a public hearing and vote will be held this week. The motion is backed by the majority leader, Republican House speaker and Democratic lawmakers. It also backed by a Republican senator- Eric Schmitt, R-St. Louis County- who has a son with epilepsy.

“People realize that people’s lives are at stake,” said sponsoring Republican-Columbia Caleb Jones.

Nearly a dozen states have mulled over laws to legalize the use of cannabidiol oil (CBD) for patients who suffer from seizures. This cannabis extract doesn’t bring about the “high” associated with the conventional drug.

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Over the past week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a low permitting the University of Alabama at Birmingham to research the marijuana derivative, while according the study’s participants legal protection against the state’s criminal charges. South Carolina lawmakers also approved a bill, while Wisconsin House sent an assessment to Governor Scott Walker.

The CBD oil is a frontier territory, said Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based lobby group that backs the use of medical marijuana.

“It’s an easy sort of rallying point, but the problem is that it leaves behind the vast majority of patients who would otherwise benefit from medical marijuana,” said Chris Lindsey, who works as a legislative analyst for the group.

Missouri’s new law will permit the use of “hemp extract” that contains less than 0.3 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and more than 5 percent CBD oil. To qualify, patients or their guardians will require a registration card and will only be allowed to use it if at least three treatment options fail to check epilepsy.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com

  • Brian Kelly

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003