The Missouri House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to legalize smokeless medical marijuana for some uses.
House Bill 1554 now moves on to the state Senate.
The measure would expand on a law that allows use of hemp extract to treat intractable epilepsy — a seizure disorder that does not respond to medications — and allow medical marijuana use for cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, colitis, Alzheimer’s disease and muscular dystrophy.
The measure would require people seeking medical marijuana to obtain medical cannabis registration cards from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The cards would be available to any Missouri resident 18 years old or older who can provide a statement signed by a doctor stating the individual suffers from a debilitating disease and may benefit from the treatment, as well as the individual has considered all other treatment options currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Parents of minor children suffering from terminal illnesses can obtain the cards on their children’s behalf.
Cards would be valid for a year.
The department could add other diseases to the list, provided it receives a petition signed by at least 10 physicians requesting the addition.
The law would require any physician who signs a statement for a patient to obtain a medical