Cannabis Oil Bill: Step Forward for Medical Marijuana or Just a Way to Stall Progress?

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Other reform organizations, including the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance, have voiced similar concerns over the past few weeks as these bills have been making their way through the legislative ranks around the country.

In Missouri, sen. Jason Holsman's medical marijuana bill is the preferred legislation for reform advocates, and it's possible that Jones' CBD oil-only could dampen the progress it has made over the last couple weeks.

See also: Cannabis Reform Advocates Say Missouri Still Has a Chance for Medical Marijuana in 2014

"It could be indirectly affect because some will say 'We're done with medical marijuana for now,'" Payne says.

One positive about Jones' bill is that it's the least restrictive of other CBD oil measures because it allows in-state production at universities and prescription by private doctors. South Carolina's bill does not address how CBD oil will be produced and Alabama's legislation allows only one university to use the medicine on a select group for trial purposes.

The bill also has an emergency clause, which would allow it to go into effect almost immediately after passage.

Although marijuana reform advocates around the country have mixed feelings about CBD oil bills, even the passage of a restrictive CBD oil bill would mean that even some staunch conservative Republicans in the Missouri legislature are endorsing medical marijuana to some degree.

"You'd basically have the entire Republican Missouri leadership admitting that there are medicinal benefits to marijuana," Payne says.

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