A push in the Missouri legislature to legalize medical marijuana has gone up in smoke.
The legislature’s chances to make Missouri the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana died in a conference committee two days before the end of session, leaving the issue up to voters to decide in November.
Rep. Jim Neely, R-Cameron, added a medical marijuana amendment to a healthcare bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Eigel, R-St. Charles County. Neely’s amendment would have allowed Missourians with terminal illnesses to access medical marijuana in a smokeless form.
In a conference committee to work out differences between the Senate and House versions of Eigel’s bill, lawmakers struck down the amendment.
“I feel bad for the terminally ill that they won’t be able to gain access to something that might provide some comfort,” Neely said. “Apparently the Senate wasn’t supportive of that concept. To each his own. I don’t harbor any ill will.”
Sen. Jason Holsman, a Kansas City Democrat who has sponsored legislation in support of medical marijuana in the past, said he feared Neely’s amendment would run into opposition in the Senate unless it was revised. [Read more at The Kansas City Star]