The Missouri House bill to legalize smokeless medical marijuana was approved Tuesday in a 112-44 vote.
The Missouri House legislation would allow anyone over the age of 18 with a terminal disease to use smokeless medical marijuana treatments. Additionally, people with chronic disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and several of other conditions would also be eligible to use medical marijuana.
Medical cannabis proponents celebrated this victory, saying that this legislation could help patients ease their suffering for a variety of disease conditions. On the other hand, opponents fear that legalizing medical marijuana could enable non-medically approved users and underage users and qualified to gain access to the drug for recreational purposes.
Before this bill becomes official Missouri state law, it still needs to pass Senate approval.