Missouri House endorses medical marijuana measure

The Missouri House on Monday endorsed a proposal allowing patients with long-term illnesses to access medical marijuana.

The original measure only applied to people with terminal illnesses, but the major point of debate Monday was whether to cover patients suffering from illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy. Ultimately, the additional illnesses were included.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, said the measure was intended to ease the pain of people who are about to die. “I’m trying to provide some comfort to people who are in the last days of their life,” he said. “It just seems like this is the right thing to do.”


The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.


Missouri kills medical marijuana bill that many thought would pass

 A medical marijuana bill hit a brick wall in the legislature Wednesday when a committee killed it.

While the bill's sponsor believes there's still a chance for the legislation, some medical marijuana advocates say the outcome was inevitable. 

HB 1554, sponsored by Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, would provide access to medical marijuana for people who suffer from terminal illnesses; however, it failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

Last year Neely sponsored House Bill 437, which would have legalized access to medical marijuana for people suffering from "epilepsy or an irreversible debilitating disease or conditions." It failed to gain traction after being approved by a committee.


Alaska and Missouri advance legislation to legalize hemp farming

If the two states pass their bills, they’ll become the 35th and 36th states to legalize hemp cultivation.

Hemp has been cultivated by cultures around the world for millennia, grown for its strong fibers and used to make clothing, fuel, paper, rope, and many other of life’s necessities. But hemp cultivation in the U.S. was put to an end in the early 20th century, when the federal government prohibited the cultivation of cannabis, which includes both hemp and marijuana, even though hemp itself isn’t psychoactive.


Pressure to legalize marijuana in Missouri is high

Support nationwide for marijuana legalization is at a five-decade high, according to a Gallup poll conducted in October.

And rising numbers of petitions and bills — even one joint resolution — calling for legalization in Missouri mirror the trend.

It's no joke. With 19 petitions in play and five bills in the Missouri House under consideration, people on both sides of the issue are lining up for a scrum.

House Joint Resolution Number 86, filed Thursday, is a serious attempt to get the state in line with a national trend, according to the resolution's sponsor, state Rep. Courtney Curtis, D-Ferguson.

"It's about changing the conversations," Curtis said. "The numbers we see on social media show there's a high number of people in favor of legalization."


St. Louis marijuana bill throws Missouri's legalization fight back into spotlight

Wednesday, a St. Louis alderwoman joined the movement to bring legal marijuana to Missouri.

Megan Green plans to present a proposal to legalize marijuana within the City of St. Louis Thursday.

It’s the latest effort to legalize the drug in the Show Me State.

Earlier this year Illinois introduced a legalization bill that didn't go anywhere despite having legalized medical marijuana, but efforts have continued in the region to clear everything from  medical use to recreational use

"Right now we're in the midst of a petition drive we're out gathering signatures," said John Payne with New Approach Missouri.


5 States angling to put recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2018

Sure, it's the pun of all puns, but the marijuana industry really is growing like a weed. According to cannabis research firm ArcView, the North American legal-cannabis market saw sales increase by 34% in 2016 to $6.9 billion, and they're liable to grow by an average of 26% a year through 2021. That's a nearly $22 billion market up for grabs, and investors certainly want a piece of that pie.


Big names, big money come through to help medical marijuana initiative

With less than six months to go, at least one proposal to legalize medicinal use of marijuana in Missouri appears to be in a strong position to get on statewide ballots next year.

New Approach Missouri says it already has collected 100,000 signatures from registered voters, and expects to have well over the necessary 165,000 by the state’s May 6 deadline for submitting initiative petitions.

“This is an issue that really crosses partisan and regional  boundaries,’’ said spokesman Jack Cardetti. He cited last year’s successful legalization votes for medical marijuana in Arkansas, North Dakota and Florida.


Medical marijuana: Time for Missouri to get in line

Fourth Ward Columbia city councilman Michael Trapp suggests the city lobby in Jefferson City for a change in state law allowing the sale and use of medical marijuana. Trapp also wants the council to support a statewide legalization petition in case the state does not act on its own to pass the law.

Trapp, the former director of Phoenix House substance abuse treatment program, argues controlled use of marijuana can help avoid opioid abuse by giving doctors a safer, better option for patients.

Trapp also says legalizing medical marijuana will improve interaction between police and the community by removing the threat of arrest for minor drug offenses to get information. In this context he calls medical cannabis reform part of community policing.


Missouri Should Expand Legal Uses for CBD Oil

When my 96-year-old mother began to suffer seizures it was devastating to her and all of us. The seizures exhausted and confused her, and the drugs used to control them left her unsteady and often unable to stay awake at all.

Then I saw a television news report about CBD oil and how it has been successful in treating seizures in children. The report noted that the oil is legal in Missouri. Because the elderly often respond to drugs in a similar way to children, I decided to look into using the oil for my mother.

I called her neurologist, who told me that she was willing to try it but had no access to it. I couldn’t believe it. How could the state legalize it if it is prescribed by a neurologist, but the doctor have no access?


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