State Rep. Jim Neely's bill that would legalize medical marijuana in a
smokeless form for Missourians with terminal illnesses has been
criticized as too restrictive and narrow.
But the measure could jump-start the push to make Missouri the 30th
state to allow medical marijuana.
More than 20 lawmakers, including three Democrats, have signed on as
co-sponsors of the bill. It passed out of committee this week and
awaits consideration in the full House.
The legislation would permit the use of hemp extract for terminally
ill patients. The state's current "Right to Try" law allows patients
with terminal illnesses to try experimental drugs without approval
from the Food and Drug Administration. It doesn't include marijuana.
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Rep. Jim Neely has seen firsthand how a terminal illness like cancer
ravages the body.
His own daughter died from cancer three years ago. With a background
in health care working as a physician and managing a hospice agency,
Neely, R-Cameron, knows the importance of patients receiving comfort.
That's why he's sponsoring a bill that would legalize medical
marijuana in a smokeless form for Missourians with terminal illnesses.
"It's for people who are terminal to gain access for comfort," Neely
said. "This seems to me aE& as a good way to get started and seeing if
there are some benefits."
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Timothy Durden Jr. made it a habit to throw his arms around his
grandmother, plant a big kiss on her cheek and proclaim, "I love you,
The former Park Hill High School basketball and football player had a
passion for joking, dancing, lifting weights.
But the 18-year-old also enjoyed "smoking his weed," family wrote in
his obituary, and that habit cost him his life when he allegedly tried
to rob the teenager who was selling him 2 ounces of marijuana in the
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More than 100 people in five states, including Missouri, have been
treated in the past month for "serious unexplained bleeding" believed
to be linked to inhaling fake marijuana laced with rat poison,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Illinois alone has reported 107 cases, and three people have died, the
state's Department of Public Health said Monday. People have been
hospitalized for coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody
nose and bleeding gums.
Elsewhere, two people have been hospitalized in Indiana, one in
Maryland, one in Wisconsin and one in Missouri.
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The Kansas House of Representatives rejected medical marijuana
But the closeness of the 54-69 vote and the hour of emotional
testimony that preceded it made advocates more confident that Kansas
is now closer to joining the 30 states that allow marijuana by
"Today was the most legislative discussion we have ever had in three
years of the Kansas Safe Access Act," said Lisa Sublett, the founder
and president of Bleeding Kansas Advocates.
Sublett noted the bipartisan nature of the vote on the medical
marijuana amendment, which came up during debate on a bill to update
the state's controlled substances listings.
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Earlier this month, Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford embarrassed himself
by mistakenly repeating racist rhetoric that was originally used by
Henry Anslinger, an avowed racist from the late 1920s, when referring
to use of marijuana by people of color.
I do not believe Alford is a racist. But I do believe, like so many
others, he is misinformed when it comes to the facts and issues
related to marijuana and the history of marijuana prohibition.
Presently marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug under the federal
government's Controlled Substances Act -- right next to heroin. I
think most of us would agree marijuana is not the equivalent of
heroin. Nevertheless, it remains as a classified drug for the purposes
of federal prosecution.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two plainclothes detectives were driving a white
unmarked pickup truck through a heavily forested road in Polk County
on an overcast day in March 2012.
A woman had called the sheriff's office in December. Her identity had
been stolen, she said, and new credit cards were being sent to an
address in Polk County.
The detectives couldn't find the home in the rural area 45 miles north
of Springfield, so instead they stopped at the next closest address --
the home of Charles Frederick White.
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Jackson County announced Tuesday that it will join St. Louis County in a
prescription drug monitoring program as a way to fight abuse of
Missouri is the only state in the nation without a system to track the
sales of prescription drugs.
Despite repeated attempts over the past decade and wide support from
health advocates, law enforcement and others, the General Assembly has
been unable to pass legislation that would set up a statewide program. A
small number of opponents have blocked those bills, citing privacy
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Mandatory drug testing of students at a two-year technical college in
Linn, Mo., has been banned by a federal appeals court.
The court has reinstated the ban on mandatory drug testing for most
students at the State Technical College of Missouri. The decision was the
latest ruling in a 5-year-old lawsuit.
The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Associated Press reported that
by a 9-2 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit overturned an
earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the court.
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