Under House Bill 2238, the state’s Department of Agriculture would be authorized to produce, manufacture and distribute cannabis extract that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (cannabidiol). Those who receive a recommendation from a neurologist would be allowed to possess up to 20 ounces. The proposal also requires the state to certify a higher education institution to cultivate cannabis for research purposes.
The measure, which is sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones and House Majority Leader John Diehl, was given approval through a voice vote; a final vote is expected to occur in the coming days, which will send it to the Senate. Its passage in the Senate will send it to the state’s governor for consideration.