Medical Marijuana Gets Approval from Missouri House, Now Moves to Senate

Medical Marijuana Gets Approval from Missouri House, Now Moves to Senate

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Neely, said “This is the right thing to do for Missouri."

JEFFERSON CITY • Patients with long-term illnesses could have access to smokeless forms of medical marijuana under a measure approved Tuesday in the Missouri House.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, said the measure is intended to ease the pain of people who are about to die. But, it also covers patients suffering from debilitating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy.

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The measure was approved on a 112-44 vote. It now heads to the Senate for further debate. Neely said he was “optimistic” the proposal could make it through the Senate in the final three weeks of the legislative session.

“This is the right thing to do for Missouri,” said Neely, who is a physician.

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