Missouri – CBD Bill moves forward

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missourians whose epilepsy isn’t relieved by other treatments could start taking a cannabis extract under legislation approved Thursday by the state House.
The measure would allow use of a “hemp extract” containing little of the chemical that causes marijuana users to feel high and larger amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Supporters contend CBD oil could be effective in preventing seizures.
“I want to give hope to the children of Missouri who are suffering from intractable epilepsy that they can stop having seizures and live a healthy, normal life,” said sponsoring Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia.
About a dozen states have considered legislation seeking to allow use of CBD oil for patients with seizures. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation last week, and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley previously signed a bill allowing the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study the marijuana extract while giving participants legal protection from state criminal charges.
There has been particular attention paid to oil from the marijuana strain called Charlotte’s Web that cultivated for an epileptic patient in Colorado. It is high in CBD and has little or no psychoactive effects. There is a waiting list, and patients must live in Colorado where marijuana is legal. Families have moved to the state to gain access to it.
House members approved the bill 139-13, and it now moves to the state Senate. The measure would take effect immediately if Gov. Jay Nixon signs it into law.
Earlier this week, a Senate committee endorsed separate legislation that would allow use of medical cannabinoids for conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic or debilitating conditions that produce severe pain or seizures. The products could be oils, tonics, ointments or be ingestible but not able to be smoked. Patients would need a written certification from a doctor.
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