Missouri: Over 370,000 Signatures Submitted for Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Earlier today New Approach Missouri submitted over 372,000 signatures for their initiative to legalize medical marijuana, well more than the 168,000 required to place the measure on the November general election ballot.

In a press release sent out today by New Approach Missouri (NAM), they stated that they are “virtually certain to have well in excess of the required signatures to be certified for the November ballot.”

If the initiative is approved by voters in November, it would establish  “a statewide system for production and sale of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products”. Patients would be allowed to grow their own cannabis, and “Instead of creating a short and restrictive list of qualifying conditions, this initiative puts power in the hands of a state-licensed physicians, not politicians or bureaucrats, to determine who will benefit from medical cannabis.”

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Missouri Committee Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

A key legislative committee in Missouri’s House of Representatives has approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

The State House Committee on Legislative Oversight voted 7 to 4 today to pass House Bill 1554, reports Eapen Thampy, a medical marijuana lobbyist. The proposed law, filed by Representative James Neely, would expand “the definition of investigational drug, biological product, or device so that it can include medical cannabis.” Under this provision, “a dispensing organization or manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device that has successfully completed phase one of a clinical trial but has not been approved for general use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and remains under investigation in a clinical trial can be made available to certain eligible patients who have terminal illnesses.”

This bill also “changes the law regarding the use of hemp extract to treat intractable epilepsy to authorize the legal use of medical marijuana to treat terminal illnesses”, and “authorizes the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue medical cannabis registration cards to any Missouri resident, 18 years old or older, who can provide a statement signed by a doctor stating that the individual suffers from a terminal illness and may benefit from treatment with medical cannabis and that the individual has considered all other treatment options currently approved by the FDA and all relevant clinical trials conducted in Missouri.”

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Enough Signatures Collected in Missouri to Put Medical Marijuana Legalization to a Public Vote

Advocates of a Missouri initiative to legalize medical marijuana have collected enough signatures to put the measure on the November general election ballot.

“This Sunday, our petition drive to place medical cannabis on the November ballot surpassed 200k total signatures”, says New Approach Missouri. This surpasses the 160,000 signatures required to put the measure to a vote. However, given that some of the 200,000 signatures may not be valid (such as duplicate signatures or signatures from those not registered to vote in Missouri), the group will be continuing to collect signatures with a goal of reaching 300,000.

If the initiative is placed on the ballot, and approved by voters,  “a statewide system for production and sale of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products” would be established, with patients also allowed to grow their own cannabis. “Instead of creating a short and restrictive list of qualifying conditions, this initiative puts power in the hands of a state-licensed physicians, not politicians or bureaucrats, to determine who will benefit from medical cannabis.”

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Signatures Submitted to Place Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative on Missouri Ballot

namNew Approach Missouri has submitted roughly 260,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize medical cannabis, well more than the 167,000 needed to place the measure on this November’s general election ballot.

Under the proposed law, the medical use of cannabis would be legal for those with a variety of conditions – such as cancer, epilepsy, PTSD and migraines – given they receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would be allowed to possess at least up to six ounces of cannabis (more if suggest by a physician), and cultivate up to six cannabis plants. The measure would also legalize state-licensed cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries.

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Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Approved Unanimously by Missouri House Committee

Missouri’s Housemedcen Select Committee on General Laws has unanimously approved a bill to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. The measure has already been passed by the House Committee on Emerging Issues, and now heads towards a full House vote.

If approved into law, House Bill 800 would legalize the possession and use of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those with debilitating conditions such as HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and cancer. The proposal would establish a system of cultivation and production centers, which would provide state-licensed dispensaries with cannabis, which would then be distributed to qualified patients.

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Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Approved by Missouri House Committee

The Missouricannamissouri House Committee on Emerging Issues has overwhelmingly approved House Bill 800, a proposal to legalize medical cannabis, including safe access points.

If approved into law, the measure would legalize the possession and use of up to 30 grams of cannabis for those with debilitating conditions such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. The proposal would establish a system of cultivation and production centers to provide cannabis to dispensaries, which would then supply the medicine to qualified patients.

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