Virginia’s House of Representatives has given unanimous approval to a proposal to legalize the medical use of high-CBD and high-THCA cannabis oil for those with epilepsy.
A similar measure was approved 37 to 1 in the Senate last week. Once the two chambers reconcile the technical differences of the measures, which is expected to happen this week, it will head to Governor McAuliffe for consideration. McAuliffe will have the option of signing the measure into law, letting it become law without his signature, or vetoing it. However, given there was such strong consensus in the Legislature, there would be more than enough votes to override a potential veto.
If it is approved into law, the proposal would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis oil that has at least 15% cannabidiol (CBD) or 15% THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid), and no more than 5% THC. The measure initial would have also authorized cancer and glaucoma as qualifying conditions, but they were removed due to concerns that the medicine would get in the hands of those attempting to use it for recreational purposes (an obviously absurd argument – even if this did happen, you don’t make patients suffer by denying them an effective medicine simply because someone who’s not authorized to use it might get a hold of it).
Those in Virginia who support this legislation, as well as further reform, should look up their district’s lawmakers by clicking here and tell them to vote in favor any proposal that will allow for the medical use of cannabis, and that will lead to the end of cannabis prohibition.