Missouri lawmakers are considering plans to tighten the language of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment voters approved in 2018.
The new legislation would require in-person consultations with a doctor to receive a medical marijuana card, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Currently, consultations can be done over the phone or online.
Rep. Jonathan Patterson, who is also a physician, drafted one of the bills.
“The goal of this is to make sure that people know that we have a legitimate medical marijuana program that is safe for patients,” Rep. Jonathan Patterson said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Opponents of the bill say it would decrease access for many people without a regular doctor.
The state has already certified over 36,000 patients, and medical marijuana sales will begin later this year.
Other legislation would mandate background checks for those in the industry and guard against marketing infused products to minors.