The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would expand the state’s current CBD-for-epilepsy-only law to allow the terminally ill to access full spectrum medical cannabis.
While the new law, HB 1554, still falls among the strictest in the nation, it would expand access in Missouri. Patients suffering from a list of terminal conditions yet to be named will be able to have access to medical marijuana in a smokeless form. Patients with other non-life-threatening diseases would have access to a hemp extract that’s at least five percent CBD, with no more than 0.3 percent THC.
The bill’s system for differentiating between the two groups of people — those with terminal illnesses and those with epilepsy — gets a bit confusing. The bill’s summary notes, “A medical cannabis registration card may only be issued for terminal illnesses and a hemp extract registration card may only be issued for intractable epilepsy.”
Additionally, the bill says that certain other debilitating, long-term diseases will qualify for medical marijuana.
The full list of what’s currently being recognized as a “debilitating condition” is cancer, glaucoma, HIV, ALS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, MS, PTSD and epilepsy.
But if people with epilepsy and other serious conditions would be allowed access to medical marijuana, why is Missouri creating all this separate CBD-only infrastructure? The