Show-Me Medical!

Medical Cannabis in Missouri On the Horizon

HB 1554

The road to legalization for the Show-Me State could reach the finish line faster than we previously thought. On May 1, 2018, the Missouri House voted to legalize medical marijuana and send HB 1554 to the Senate. With a crushing 112-44 vote, we’re one step closer for Missourians to have medical access to our plant.

HB 1554 would grant a smokeless medical cannabis or hemp extract registration card for those over the age of 18 battling a terminal illness, as well as other ailments. If recommended by doctors, patients could request a registration card from the state, allowing Missourians to maintain and medicate with smokeless marijuana. Parents or legal guardians responsible for a minor’s medical care could also be issued a card. The medical conditions listed in an amendment to the bill include:

“. . . Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and the symptoms thereof, ulcerative colitis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder . . . ”

According to HB 1554, the hemp extract shall be composed of no more than three-tenths percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by weight. It may be a small percentage, but it’s a big leap for Missouri-kind. The next step on this canna-journey is passing the bill through the Senate.

Being a Missouri native myself, I can say the direction my home state is heading in is a positive start on the long and winding road toward legalization. We’ll have more news coming soon regarding HB 1554, so stay tuned!

Related – Oklahoma Fights for Legalization: Will Voters Bring Medical Marijuana to The Bible Belt?

Alexa Rose Di Trolio

Alexa Rose Di Trolio is a Missouri-native cannabis activist who ventured from the Show-Me-State in search of learning more about our plant within the borders of a recreationally-legal state. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she traveled across the United States while living out of her campervan in search of two things, cannabis and adventure. 2,000 miles of driving later, Alexa started growing for a Tier 2 in Washington where she ended up living life in an off-grid cabin. She started selling for the I-502 market at a Tier 3, exploring all over Washington with the hopes of selling some dank cannabis. Fastforward, Alexa now is the Business Development Associate for Dope Magazine and is passionate about connecting canna-lifestyle companies together! She is passionate about cannabis-education, making history, helping others and living the canna-dream!

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