Legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Missouri passed the state House on Tuesday.
The bill originally would have only allowed medical marijuana use for terminally ill patients, but the House added amendments last week to expand access to those with chronic and debilitating, but not necessarily fatal, illnesses.
“Health care professionals in Missouri will have to work with patients to figure out what dose and method of administration might work best for different patients and conditions,” said Rep. Lynn Morris, R-Nixa, who voted for the bill. “This bill provides a solid framework for us to proceed with medical cannabis in a manner that’s consistent with the medical literature and research that’s being conducted.”
Opponents argued that legalizing marijuana for medical use would enable more people to access it illegally, and could have unintended consequences such as people driving under the influence. Rep. Kirk Matthews, R-Pacific, also suggested that the legislature is the wrong body for determining whether marijuana is medicine.
“I don’t know of any other medicines that become medicine by an act of the legislature, versus the process that we’ve gone through for years in the history of our country with FDA clinical trials, double-blind studies, etc. etc.,” he said.
Matthews also objected to what he called the ease in which the state would be