Montel Williams Speaking For Medical Pot Bill Of Missouri

The legislation also limits the amount of marijuana a person could get without special permission to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. A patient would have to get a recommendation from a physician and then apply to the states health department before being able to purchase medical marijuana. The bill lists specific eligible ailments, but also lays out a process for a patient to appeal and the department to add illnesses.

But the risk for abuse of marijuana remains despite the limits in the bill, said Jason Grellner, vice president of National Narcotics Officers Associations Coalition, who opposes the bill. Grellner said supporters of marijuana access will chip away at any law passed in Missouri by filing lawsuits to expand it.

“Every legislator that brings this forward, I don’t care what state you’re in, believes they’ve built the perfect mouse trap”, he said. There are so many unanswered questions and loopholes and pitfalls. You can’t write a law tight enough.

Twenty-three states have comprehensive medical marijuana laws. Missouri and 10 other states have also approved more limited medical marijuana bills that loosen access to extracts from strains of marijuana with low tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and high levels of cannabidiol, which some have used to control epilepsy in children.

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