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Missouri House endorses medical marijuana measure

By Sky Chadde

JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri House on Monday endorsed a proposal allowing patients with long-term illnesses to access medical marijuana.

The original measure only applied to people with terminal illnesses, but the major point of debate Monday was whether to cover patients suffering from illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy. Ultimately, the additional illnesses were included.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, said the measure was intended to ease the pain of people who are about to die. “I’m trying to provide some comfort to people who are in the last days of their life,” he said. “It just seems like this is the right thing to do.”

Read more at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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