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

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Some day...maybe sooner than later.
There's still hope for medical marijuana in 2014.

Despite some setbacks earlier this year, marijuana-reform advocates say that a medical-marijuana bill is off to a good start in the legislative process and might have a chance of getting on the November ballot.

SB 951, which was introduced by Senator Jason Holsman, would legalize marijuana solely for medicinal purposes. People suffering from certain conditions would be allowed up to four ounces of their medicine and sales on it would be taxed at a rate of 8 percent.

The state senate's General Laws Committee held the hearing Tuesday and allowed several reform advocates, including activists and mothers of sick children, to speak their mind about the law proposal. And according to those who testified, the feeling in the room was that the bill had a good chance of getting to the next stage.

"I think it went really well," John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, tells Daily RFT. "I'm optimistic the committee will approve it. They'll probably make some amendments to it, but I'm optimistic they will approve it."

Heidi Rayl testified in front of the senate committee and told the story of her four-year-old son Zayden, who has a severe form of epilepsy that causes him multiple seizures a day. Rayl gives her son cannabis oil to lessen the seizures.

See also: Missouri "Medical Marijuana Refugee" Explains Why She Had to Leave the Show-Me State

Rayl tells us that the committee appeared genuinely interested in the idea of medical marijuana and her son's treatment

"They were very receptive," Rayl says. "They asked questions about different forms of medical marijuana, which parts of the plants worked."

However, she points out that the committee members were especially interested in cannabis oils for medicinal use, but less so in smokeable marijuana, which gave her some concerns.

"[Legalized cannabis oils] would help my son very much, but the sad thing is that for people who have Crohn's disease and who have digestive issues -- vaporizing is the best thing for them and they wouldn't have this option," she says.

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Sen. Jason Holsman

Payne says that alterations to the bill, which is moderate compared to other states' medical-marijuana laws, will likely happen in order to make the state's more conservative lawmakers feel comfortable voting for it.

See also: McCaskill Not Sure If Rape Victims and War Vets with PTSD Should Get Medical Marijuana

"Hopefully, we can pass something that's fairly robust," Payne says. "I think if the members of the legislature were to have a vote on both floors of a decent medical-marijuana proposal and legislators voted their conscience, I think we could pass it this year. The thing is, this is an election year and legislators are not often voting their conscience in election years."

Click on the next page for more and a video of the hearing...


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35 comments
Fred Peiffer
Fred Peiffer

I vote ( YES ) & Jeanne Link your an idiot. What neighborhood do you live in. I live & grew up in South St.Louis Born & Raised. And if that's the neighborhood your possibly hinting at. There's much more worst than some pot heads. So take your retarded concept you have in your unintelligent mind else where please. And ya did ur research did ya right...... 10-1 this chick believes in god and is against gay marriage. I don't smoke weed not homophobic could care less about marijuana. But it does have medical benefits. So once again vote yes and move along people.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

Yes! And then i'd vote to make it recreationally legal, too.

Rose Dillon Clark
Rose Dillon Clark

Yes....yes.......whoever does not agree to legalize it medically, needs to research all the good it can do for cancer and seizures...the way it is given doesn't even get you high...how can one be against something that can help others?

OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam
OGilliams Irish Dump Gilliam

I would for industrial hemp recreation and medical I see it helping my friends terminal cancer mother somewhat enjoy what time she has left. Tax it open the jails and fill it with people who deserve too be there

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

In a heartbeat!!! To stop my child's seizures & so my dad can get relief from his cancer treatments!!

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

How about DECRIMINALIZATION?

Meg Walsh
Meg Walsh

I work with families of children with seizure disorders, and so far two have had to uproot their lives to move to Colorado to get their child the treatment they need, and a third is getting prepared to do the same. RIDICULOUS.

June Bugg
June Bugg

Y, we been taking our medicine. The ballot is bullshyt, huh?

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