Weed has and probably will always be a controversial topic, but recent polls suggest that politicians in a few states have begun to change their minds about what’s currently classed as a schedule 1 drug.
While the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) still don’t approve of the use of medical marijuana, politicians, such as Mr. Busch and talk show hosts, such as Montel Williams are pushing towards medical marijuana legalization. Even though Missouri fell short in 2017 as a judge disallowed thousands of signatures on the initiative, which also removed it from the ballot, 2018 seems to be a completely different ball game. A new poll shows that approximately 2/3 of Missourians support medical marijuana. Could next year be the year for Missouri
Technically speaking this state Iowans suffering from a range of medical conditions gained access back in early 2017, when Gov. Terry Branstad, signed a medical marijuana bill into law. The measure, (House File 524), expands access to CBD oil to patients diagnosed with cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS or HIV, Seizures, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or ALS, as well as many terminal illnesses that involve a life expectancy of less than 1 year and untreatable pain. The only problem is that while the bill was signed, the exact process and conditions will only be implemented in 2018. Hold on in there!
Oklahoma has had their fair share of struggle in regards to medical marijuana. Back in 2016, a lawsuit prevented medical marijuana from actually getting on the ballot. But new efforts are helping to promote it, and it is expected to be on the ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated state statute on November 6, 2018.
Marijuana is illegal in the state of Tennesse, but it has always seemed as if just saying the words “medical marijuana” could get you in trouble. Well, times have changed! Recently medical marijuana has become a hot topic in this state as House Speaker Beth Harwell and Lt. Gov. Randy McNally ordered the foundation of a committee to examine the impact of medical marijuana in Tennessee. The committee will be led by Sen. Steve Dickerson and Rep. Jeremy Faison. Hopefully, the legislature will catch up with the vast majority of people (75%) who agree that seriously ill patients should receive access to medical marijuana.
5) South Carolina
It seems as if politicians in South Carolina simply want to sit on the sidelines waiting to see how thing pan out in other states before they make a decision. With that said, the state has debated the issue of medical marijuana over the last two years, but nothing substantial has come out of it. As of now, they’ve decided to hold off until 2018. If South Carolina can understand the true healing benefits of medical marijuana, they may pass a legitimate law and open new medical possibilities to thousands of people.
Keeping our fingers crossed!
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