By John Payne, Show-Me Cannabis
On Monday, both HB 830, which would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Missouri, and SB 386, which would allow doctors to recommend CBD oil for disorders other than intractable epilepsy, were approved by legislative committees. The hemp bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture, Food Production, and Outdoor Resources Committee with a do-pass recommendation by a six to one margin. CBD expansion received a unanimous vote and do-pass recommendation from the House Emerging Issues Committee.
Then today, HB 830 was placed on the Senate calendar for third reading! Please call your senator right away and ask them to vote yes on HB 830, the industrial hemp bill. Industrial hemp has enormous economic benefits, the potential to become a major natural resource in Missouri, and will position Missouri as a worldwide leader in agricultural innovation, advancement, and opportunity. Let your senator know you want to help promote Missouri agriculture and allow our farmers the opportunity to diversify their operations and share in a new market opportunity! You can find your senator’s contact information on the Senate website here.
Each of these bills have already been approved by the chamber they originated in, so now they are going through the same process on the other side of the Capitol. Both of these bills are quickly advancing towards the finish line of final passage, but time is short! The legislative session ends next Friday, May 15, so our time is limited, but I am optimistic that, with your help, we will pass both bills.