Missouri's House of Representatives voted to pass a measure that would legalize cannabis oils containing low (0.3%) THC content, but high (≥5%) CBD for the treatment of epilepsy. This is by far the most strict medical marijuana law yet attempted, but a popular stating point for the more conservative states. It still has to pass the senate before being sent to the Governor's desk, but this seems likely to go through quickly.
Politicians seem to be reacting to the media hype surrounding families that are fleeing their prohibitionist states in favor of a more hospitable climate in Colorado. These aren't recreational hippies going on a walkabout. We're talking about families with children who suffer from seizure-related disabilities that have found no relief like in marijuana.
Since nothing motivates politicians like over-hyped, emotionally-gutwrenching, feel-good, for-the-children media filler pieces, HB2238 was streamlined through the House. The sense of emergency is even written right into the bill.
Section B. Because immediate action is necessary to provide individuals suffering from epilepsy with access to medical treatment, section A [the entire bill is section A] of this act is deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace, and safety, and is hereby declared to be an emergency act within the meaning of the constitution, and section A of this act shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval.
But, this is only the beginning. This bill also sets the footing for industrial hemp research. The Department of Agriculture is in charge of licensing cannabis oil cultivators, and the waste created in the process is to be given to the department or an educational facility for research.
All hemp waste from the production of hemp extract shall either be destroyed, recycled by the licensee at the hemp cultivation and production facility, or donated to the department or an institution of higher education for research purposes, and shall not be used for commercial purposes.
We take baby steps in this swing state and have been clinging closer to the Bible belt lately politically. Try not to deride this bill too much, regardless of how short-sighted and limited in scope it may be. It's a start.
And soon, the floodgates will open...