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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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leonard.lombardi420
leonard.lombardi420

Its funny that the only reason some think its not medicine is because it gets you high.  But Sativex and Marinol get you high, and no one mentions prescription opioids.  But Oxycontin didn't get people f*cked up enough, they had to go and make Zohydro. If that isn't a WTF moment, I dont know what is.  Accidental overdoses kill more people then anything in America, yet we continue to prohibit a broad spectrum medicine that has no side effects or chance of an overdose.  History is going to look at prohibitionists the same way they look at the people that fought women's rights, civil rights, gay marriage and any other issue that we learned was only feared because of ignorance.  Maybe worse, no offense to the other groups mentioned, because of how many people suffered needlessly physically, emotionally and financially all in the name of prohibition.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

The idea of requiring an epilepsy patient to try three different meds first is just stupid! Why is the law telling my doctor how to do his job??? What if a patient is allergic to epilepsy drugs and was only able to "try" one drug? Are they just s.o.l.? And what about all the other prooven uses for the plant? Why are they just being ignored??

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Why can't we even do this right??

claygooding
claygooding

Until the election starts having debates and reform candidates start stripping prohibition supporting legislators out of the way the legislatures will not get much done,,reefer madness has infected too many of the seated politicians in office and lobby money keeps it flaming.

When over 80% of the voters accept marijuana as a medicine it doesn't matter what politicians,bureaucrats and cops think of marijuana as a medicine. 

Get over it,,politicians and cops are not doctors and doctors should decide how and when to use cannabis medicines.

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