JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Representative Mike Colona (D-District 67) has introduced legislation, House Bill 688, to protect patients who engage in physician authorized marijuana therapy.
House Bill 688 would allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to possess up to one ounce of usable marijuana and grow up to three mature and four immature marijuana plants. HB 688 also authorizes the state to license nonprofit compassion centers to distribute medicine to qualified patients.
According to a December 2012 CBS News nationwide telephone poll of 1,100 adults, 83 percent of Americans favor allowing doctors to authorize specified amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses.
Since 1996, eighteen states and the District of Columbia have approved legislation allowing for the use of cannabis therapy by qualified patients.