Senate Bill 24, a bill that would allow patients who do not already have a qualifying condition under the Medical Marijuana law to purchase and use medical marijuana for any condition that a physician certifies that medical marijuana would likely provide a therapeutic or palliative benefit, has passed the Senate 16-5. It now goes to the House for consideration.
This Act removes the requirement that only certain specialists may certify the use of medical marijuana if the patient is younger than 18 years old. This Act retains the requirement that qualifying patients younger than 18 years old may only receive marijuana oil.
This would have the added benefit of helping ease the opioid epidemic if medical marijuana can be used as a pain reliever for conditions normally treated with opioids.
WHERE IS THE BILL? Passed Senate 16-5
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Bentz, Paradee, Sturgeon, Baumbach, Bennett, Brady, Q.Johnson, Osienski, Schwartzkopf, Seigfried, Viola, K.Williams
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Lopez, Ramone, Cloutier, Hocker, Pettyjohn, M.Smith, Spiegelman
YES VOTES – SENATE — Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker Lockman Lopez McBride Paradee Pettyjohn Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh ||| HOUSE —
NO VOTES – SENATE — Bonini Lawson Richardson Wilson McDowell* ||| HOUSE —
*Not voting is a no vote for our purposes.