The House Emerging Issues Committee heard testimony on Monday for HB 2213, which would establish the Missouri Compassionate Care Act regarding the licensure of medical cannabis centers and provide medical cannabis to qualifying patients in Missouri.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, is opposed by many law enforcement groups, who argue that more time and research through the Food and Drug Administration is needed to understand marijuana’s toxicity.
Rep. Ron Hicks, R-St. Peters, argued there is already enough evidence regarding the possibility of cannabis overdoses compared to other drugs, saying, “I don’t think we need the F.D.A.”
If the measure is approved by the legislature and then voters in November, doctors could refer patients with certain conditions to obtain medical marijuana. The list of diseases is limited, but could be expanded upon at a later date, Hinson said.