Four Marijuana Bills Advance In Missouri General Assembly

On Wednesday, Missouri legislative committees approved four separate cannabis law reform bills. We already wrote to you about HB 978, which would free Jeff Mizanskey, who is serving life without parole for a non-violent cannabis offense, and was approved by the House Corrections Committee on Wednesday morning. As the day progressed, so did three other pro-reform bills.

The House Emerging Issues Committee approved HB 800, which would legalize medical cannabis and create a very tightly regulated system for its cultivation and distribution, with a “Do Pass” recommendation. Ten committee members voted in support, with only one representative against.

The bill passed on to the Select Committee on General Laws with two amendments from the previous version, making what has already been touted as “the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country” into something that is even less friendly to patients’ needs. The original bill would have allowed patients to...

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