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!