Mar 082013
 March 8, 2013

missouri marijuana medical cannabis dan vietsBy Dan Viets, J.D., SMCR Board Chair

A bill which would allow patients who have a doctor’s written certification of a legitimate medical need to possess, use and cultivate marijuana for the treatment of serious medical conditions has been filed in the Missouri House of Representatives. House Bill 688 was filed recently by Representative Mike Colona of Saint Louis along with three co-sponsors, including Representative Chris Kelly of Columbia. HB 688 would permit patients who have a physician’s certification to cultivate up to three mature plants, along with four immature plants and one ounce of usable marijuana for each mature plant. Conditions for which a physician could certify medical need include multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, severe nausea, severe pain and severe and persistent muscle spasms or any other serious medical condition.

In regard to employment or driving an automobile, the bill specifies that patients authorized to use cannabis medically will be subject to the same legal standards and restrictions as people taking other authorized pharmaceutical medications.

As in previous years, this bill would need to be submitted to the voters of the state in the election in November 2014 or at a special election.  It would become effective after approval by a majority of votes cast in that election. This provision is intended to make it easier for legislators to approve the measure by leaving it up to the voters of the state whether to approve the law.

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There are two bills pending in the Missouri General Assembly which would restore eligibility for food stamps for people convicted of drug-related felonies involving possession or use of prohibited substances. Many, if not most of these are people convicted of cannabis offenses.

In the House, this legislation is HB 529. In the Senate, it is SB 346.

SB 346 was heard in a Senate committee on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 6.  Several witnesses spoke in favor of the bill and it is believed that the Committee Chair supports the bill. Therefore, this bill may reach the floor of the Senate for a vote in the near future.

Another bill of interest to SMCR supporters is HB 46 presented by Representative Guernsey and known as the “Unwarranted Surveillance Act.” This bill would require law enforcement officers to obtain a search warrant before using drone aircraft to engage in surveillance of private property. The bill has a great deal of support from agricultural interests and associations. This bill has already been voted out of the House Agri-Business Committee where it received an enthusiastic recommendation for passage by the full House. Therefore, HB 46 may soon come before members of the Missouri House of Representatives for a floor vote in that chamber.

About Johnny Green

Johnny Green is a marijuana activist from Oregon. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy. Follow Johnny Green on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to email any concerns.
  • greg terry

    HB 688 would permit patients who have a physician’s certification to cultivate up to three mature plants, along with four immature plants and one ounce of usable marijuana for each mature plant. Conditions for which a physician could certify medical need include multiple sclerosis, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, severe nausea, severe pain and severe and persistent muscle spasms or any other serious medical condition. Here we go with another Bull Shit medical cannabis bill coming jeff city I guess plants grow different in st louis then any other parts of the state

  • Johnny Bloomington

    Mo is a bit slow. I know because I live here. I wish MO would learn from other medical states and just go for full legalization. It would be easier to regulate. I understand medical use but there is also recreational users too.

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  • Ashley

    As a chronic pain, MS, epilepsy, brain injury, and muscular skeletal problem patient, the only time I am out of pain is taking my pain medication that only knock me out and have many medical side effects that at age 25 I already have stomach, liver, and kidney problems. Cannibis helps my constant nausea, pain, mood and many other things. Smoking cannibis has no bad side effects. I am still able to care for my self, children and attend to my daily activites and living that right now is very limited due to health problems.

  • Ricky Ableidinger

    I myself have struggled with Cronic Sever Pain 4 over 20 years now.After 16 orthopedic surgerys and many other trial medical treatments and every Perscription Medication that have ever been produced and had some success,but I have also suffered from ugly and life threatening side effects….I have taken so much Pain Medication that im sick from taking pills…I have also been on pain patches and had terrible side effects…I have had so many Injections in several parts of my body and have had some relief…I am still doing injections and taking 20 different types of prescription medication and am having a nother surgery in 2 weeks,i hope that this one will have a positive effect and will take some of the missori.Most knights I can not lay down because the Pain is so bad that all I do is Cry…I haven’t slept in bed with my wife for more than a hour or two at a time in so many years that I cant remember what it feels like…When I medicate myself to a point of comatose and lay in her bed she cant sleep because I Cry the whole time…Im not any better than any one else but when im lucky enough that some one gives me some pot it is the only time that I smile she says…Im totally disabled and can not work so I do not have money most of the time to by myself smoke…..I8 live in a state that is not legal and I do not know anybody here,but I can not afford to sell our house to move to a legal state…I have family in several states that are legal in one way or another and wish that I could experience the things that so many good people in this country have had the pleasure to participate in…The long and short of it is that I struggle with the way that our leaders in this state respond to my e-mails jncluding our President when I tell them my story and ask them to stand up and do there job to represent the good citizens of this state and our country….At this point I do not think that it is a matter of What the plant can do or can not do…It trubles me to see some people offered medical treatment and medication and some people are not treated EQUAL because of state lines….I can not hardly understand how some Layers Have not taken this matter to the highest court and demand our suffering tax paying citizens are suffering and they do not care…Our elected officals are soppose to be in office to represent the people with the CURRENT FACTS…And how is it that there a select few in This country that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT have been supplying Marijuana for years and years and still doing so…The Federal Government Is Currently Growing Marijuana For the purpose of supplying those select patients……All im trying to say is im suffering and am Hoping and PRAYING THAT SOME ONE WILL CATCH ON THAT THERE IS A MISJUSTICE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT IS UNFAIR AND STUPID….I can not use Alcohol to medicate myself with all the prescription meds plus I do not handle it very well….IM HERE TO TELL ANYONE THAT WILL LISTEN THAT MARIJUANA IS A VERY EFFECTIVE AID TO HELP ME COPE WITH ALL OF MY MEDICAL CONDITIONS………DEPPRESSION HAS RUINED MY MARIAGE AND MY RELATIONSHIPS WITH MOST OF MY FAMILY…A BIG PART OF MY DEPPRESSION COMES FROM THE REFUSAL OF MY ELECTED OFFICALS TO RESPOND TO MINE AND MANY OTHER PEOPLES NEEDS MEDICALY
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  • Yvonne Keith

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    • painkills2

      My god, everywhere I turn, there are snake oil salesmen.

  • faith

    I have been suffering hardship from HIV/AIDS since 7yrs now, and i happen to have 2 kids for my husband, and now we cannot proceed to have another kids all because of my disease and now i have do all what a human like i and my husband can do just to get my disease healed, i have went to several places to seek for help not even one person could ever help, until i melt a comment on the daily news paper that was commented by Desmond about how this powerful traditional doctor help him get cured of the disease (HIV-AIDS) ” my fellow beloved” i firstly taught having a help from a spiritual traditional healer was a wrong idea, but i think of these, will i continue to stress on these disease all day when i have someone to help me save my life?” so i gather all my faiths and put in all interest to contact him through his Email address at dr.okpokospellhome@gmail.con, so after i have mailed him of helping get my disease cured, he respond to me fast as possible that i should not be afraid, that he is a truthful and powerful doctor which i firstly claimed him to be. So after all set has been done, he promise me that i will be healed but on a condition that i provide him some items and obeyed all his oracle said. I did all by accepting his oracles fact and only to see that after some weeks of taking his herbal medicine i notice some changes in my body system and i went for check up the day he ask me to go for check up to confirm if the sickness was still there,to my greatest surprise i could not find any sickness in my body i was first shocked and later arise to be the happiest woman on earth after i have concluded my final test on the hospital by my doctor that i am now HIV- Negative. My papers for check are with me and now i am happy and glad for his miraculous help and power.
    With these i must tell everyone who might seek for any help, either for HIV cure or much more to contact him now at these following email now, Email: dr,okpokospellhome@gmail.com
    ” sir thank you so much for your immediate cure of my disease, i must say a big thanks for curing my disease, i owe you in return. Thanks and be blessed sir.
    FAITH KATRINA

    • painkills2

      SCAM ARTIST

  • faith matcher

    I have been suffering hardship from HIV/AIDS since 7yrs now, and i happen to have 2 kids for my husband, and now we cannot proceed to have another kids all because of my disease and now i have do all what a human like i and my husband can do just to get my disease healed, i have went to several places to seek for help not even one person could ever help, until i melt a comment on the daily news paper that was commented by Desmond about how this powerful traditional doctor help him get cured of the disease (HIV-AIDS) ” my fellow beloved” i firstly taught having a help from a spiritual traditional healer was a wrong idea, but i think of these, will i continue to stress on these disease all day when i have someone to help me save my life?” so i gather all my faiths and put in all interest to contact him through his Email address at DR.OKPOKOSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM so after i have mailed him of helping get my disease cured, he respond to me fast as possible that i should not be afraid, that he is a truthful and powerful doctor which i firstly claimed him to be. So after all set has been done, he promise me that i will be healed but on a condition that i provide him some items and obeyed all his oracle said. I did all by accepting his oracles fact and only to see that after some weeks of taking his herbal medicine i notice some changes in my body system and i went for check up the day he ask me to go for check up to confirm if the sickness was still there,to my greatest surprise i could not find any sickness in my body i was first shocked and later arise to be the happiest woman on earth after i have concluded my final test on the hospital by my doctor that i am now HIV- Negative. My papers for check are with me and now i am happy and glad for his miraculous help and power. With these i must tell everyone who might seek for any help, either for HIV cure or much more to contact him now at these following email now, Email: DR.OKPOKOSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM
    ” sir thank you so much for your immediate cure of my disease, i must say a big thanks for curing my disease, i owe you in return. Thanks and be blessed sir.
    FAITH MATCHER

    • painkills2

      HIV and AIDS cannot be cured. Let me repeat… HIV/AIDS IS INCURABLE. These diseases can only be managed. Selling a product with claims that it cures AIDS/HIV is wrong, it’s morally corrupt AND illegal, and you people are disgusting.

      • Fiend

        Instead of responding to these spam posts try flagging them and sending a link to one of the blog administrators.

        • painkills2

          So, if I click on the flag icon, what actually happens?

          • Fiend

            A notification to the admins but following up with an e-mail and links to the blog article will re-enforce and speed up action. The admins don’t want that spam here either. They can ban people from posting.

          • painkills2

            Do you think it would be okay if I left it, so if anyone else comes along and reads these posts, they will understand the scam? I don’t know, banning doesn’t seem fair, but I’m new to this, so I will defer to your judgment.

          • Fiend

            I flag the stuff when I see it. I’d just start doing that from here on.

  • Mary Coy Anderson

    Mr. Green, I am a graduate student at Missouri State University. I am researching and writing an advocacy paper on Food Stamps for All. I came across your blog when researching SB 346. I am interested in how you advocated for this bill and any other information about advocating for policy that you may like to share. Senator Curls stated she plans to file again in 2014. What will be your involvement? What is your opinion why this bill is not passing. According to Missouri Association for Social Welfare, there isn’t opposition but has not been passed yet.
    Thank you so much for your comments and information.
    Mary Anderson

  • Jamie

    I need this to pass or be legalized here in Missouri, my daughter has been suffering from seizures for 7 yrs. none of the seizure medicine is helping. I truly believe this could help her function better.

  • Angel

    I have had seizures for the 40+ years of my life, & have been on every drug imaginable. Each one that the doctors put me on, they have to continue to increase the dosage because I become immune to drugs easily. Now I am seeing a foreign doctor who tells me that the only way left to help decrease my seizures is to have an operation on my brain, & he has backed me into a corner like I have no other choice. If marijuana is legalized, smoking it in moderation could help people under a doctor’s referral to it I see nothing wrong with this because it is a plant of the earth & is NOT a drug. Marijuana can help many as long as the smoking is not constant & are at a prescribed dosage. This is the best choice that Missouri can make for the citizen’s health. There are very few drugs in this world that continue to work indefinitely & this is better than letting some foreigner cut on you when there is no 100% guarantee of it’s success.