Twelve people testified on behalf of a bill Tuesday morning that would allow terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana.
Under current Missouri law, anyone with a terminal illness may use non-traditional medicines, products or devices after exploring all FDA approved treatment options. This is due to the state’s Right to Try law, which passed in 2014.
The only treatments patients cannot use are “schedule 1” drugs, which according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, are substances with no accepted medical use and high potential for abuse. This includes marijuana.
Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, the sponsor of the original “Right to Try” law, presented a revised version of that law that allows patients to use medical marijuana despite its “schedule one” classification.
“When we passed the “Right to Try,” here in 2014, we excluded this area, so I’m bringing it back up and including medical marijuana in that right now. That’s all it is, an expansion of the legislation that we approved of in 2014,” Neely said.
Many who spoke in support of the bill did not think it went far enough and wanted to grant those with non-terminal illnesses, such as veterans with PTSD, the right to use medical marijuana too. Among those who spoke to this measure was Kyle Kisner, who served in the Missouri Guard for seven