Under the proposal, a patient with a debilitating condition (such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and AIDS) will be authorized to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis, and cultivate up to 6 plants, if they receive a recommendation from a physician, and register with the state’s Department of Health. State-licensed dispensaries would be established to distribute cannabis to patients.
“The time has come to put aside archaic misconceptions of medical marijuana and put patients first,” says Representative Rutherford. “I hear devastating stories every single day from people who are battling epilepsy or suffering from a brain tumor who desperately need medical marijuana to treat the debilitating symptoms.”
The proposal – House Bill 4879 – has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.