Missouri House Committee hears discussion on medical marijuana

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JEFFERSON CITY - On Monday the Missouri House Committee on Emerging Issues heard discussion on House Bill 800. The bill would create the Missouri Compassionate Care Act, which would legalize medical marijuana throughout the state. 

Some supporters who testified in favor of passing the bill talked about medical marijuana's benefits for people with different health problems such as epilepsy and PTSD. 

Talk show host Montel Williams shared his personal experience battling MS and told the committee how medical marijuana helped heal his pain. 

Opponents of the proposed bill voiced concerns about marijuana's lack of regulation and instability of quality depending on where you buy it. 

Others in opposition voiced concerns about people exploiting the law and using marijuana for recreational purposes. 

Other conflict surrounding the proposed bill involves a proposed $25,000 application fee to apply for license to enter the medical marijuana business. Some want the fee to be refundable if an application is rejected, and others want the fee amount to be lowered. 

The proposed bill would require a business to have two licenses: A medical cannabis center license and a medical cannabis cultivation and production facility license. 

The bill also includes information about what would establish conditions to allow a patient to obtain a registry identification card to get access to medical marijuana. 

The house committee will next vote the proposed bill. If the bill passes, it will go to the Missouri House of Representatives.