Missouri may be the next state to offer medical marijuana to suffering patients. Two senators recently filed separate medical marijuana measures to be considered when the 2017 legislative season starts, both of which propose a comprehensive legal marijuana program for more patients, reports said.
Sens. Jason Holsman and Rob Schaaf prefiled bills advancing the state’s marijuana program earlier in December. Both proposals call for legalization of medical marijuana. However, details on Holsman’s Senate Bill 56 are still very limited. The bill aims to “grant licenses for the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of marijuana for medical use,” while Schaaf’s Senate Bill 153 also calls for cannabis manufacture and distribution, but broadens the scope of patients who could qualify for medical marijuana.
Under SB153, Schaaf proposes people suffering from serious conditions including, “cancer, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, severe migraines, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord damage, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease or certain specified symptoms or complications associated with the conditions.” The law would allow registered users to possess up to a 30-day supply of marijuana supplied by a practitioner.