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Medical Marijuana Supporters Make Voices Heard at Mo. Capitol

February 07, 2018 - 3:57 pm
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Those in favor outnumbered those opposed to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients in Missouri to use medical marijuana. 

A house committee heard testimony on the bill Tuesday, which Missouri prosecutors oppose.

The lobbyist for the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys says the bill, if passed, would create confusion for enforcement.

"You’ve got a conflict between federal law, which makes this a class one drug, and this law, if you pass it.” 

Numerous veterans testified in support.

Staff Sgt. Dustin Peters served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Last year, he moved from Mount Vernon in southwest Missouri to Pueblo, Colorado, to gain access to medical marijuana.

He says medical marijuana is medicine, and he drove 14 hours to make his voice heard.

“Veterans go into the dispensary that I’m a member at in Colorado Springs, and the relief that you see on their faces is something you’ll never ever, ever see coming out of the VA.”

Peters says the only thing that helps him through PTSD, chronic pain and sleep apnea is medical marijuana.

Democratic Rep. Peter Merideth, who represents parts of St. Louis City, says this bill is something his constituents want.

But he wishes the bill would do more.

“It really bothers me that we’re, that you essentially have to be dying in order to be eligible to use this,” Merideth says.

A similar proposal passed a Missouri House committee last year.