House Bill 110 did not get a vote in the House even though it made it out of one committee before being reassigned to another. But Senate Bill 24, the Right to Try bill, passed the House 40-0-1 at 12:11 am on the final night, and the Senate Bill 170, the CBD-Rich Card bill, passed as well.
First, let’s start with SB24. It 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.
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. Passed the House 40-0-1. Sent to the Governor.
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 — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D. Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Heffernan Hensley Jaques K. Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q. Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick
NO VOTES – SENATE — Bonini Lawson Richardson Wilson McDowell* ||| HOUSE — None
ABSENT – Briggs King
*Not voting is a no vote for our purposes.
Senate Bill 170 , a bill sponsored by Senators Bryan Townsend and Anthony Delcollo and Representative Ed Osienski, would create a CBD-Rich Medical Cannabis Card to purchase CBD products.
What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s not psychoactive. Yes, it will not get you high.
CBD has been approved by the FDA as a treatment of certain types of epilepsy. But many people swear CBD has helped with a slew of other health conditions, including back pain, osteoarthritis, even cancer. It can also help with PTSD, anxiety, seizures, depression, and chronic pain.
It passed the Senate 19-2, and made it out of committee in the House, but it did not get a vote before close of session.
WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed the Senate 19-2. Out of committee in the House 6/27/19.
DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Townsend, Osienski, Lockman, Paradee, Sokola, Sturgeon, Baumbach, Brady
REPUBLICAN SPONSORS – Delcollo, Cloutier, Lopez, Michael Smith, Spiegelman
YES VOTES – SENATE — Bonini Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker Lockman Lopez McBride McDowell Paradee Pettyjohn Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Wilson ||| HOUSE —
NO VOTES – SENATE — Lawson, Richardson ||| HOUSE —
Finally, although we could not keep military assault weapons out of the hands of civilians, Senator Delcollo’s Senate Bill 79, a bill that would make sure it is legal to possess and purchase a firearm while a Medical Marijuana Patient, passed the Senate 20-0-1. But it did not get a vote in the House before close of session.