NORML is pleased to announce that ten Missouri state representatives have joined together to introduce HB 277, a bill that seeks to exempt qualified medical cannabis patients from state arrest and prosecution.
HB 277 seeks to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in Missouri, while protecting both patients and caregivers. Specifically, the bill would:
…do lots of things you can read about after the break. One of my favorite parts of the bill, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen as specifically addressed as in this bill, “gives medical marijuana patients the same rights as other pharmaceutically medicated individuals relating to routine traffic stops, interaction with law enforcement that does not involve an illegal act, employer interaction, and drug testing pertaining to marijuana and its metabolites.” It also seems to allow for medical marijuana dispensaries!
If you’re a Show Me Stasher, get on the phone and call your state rep today! As always, you can find links, numbers, and online activism resources at our NORML Contact Officials page.
(1) Remove marijuana from the Schedule I classification for controlled substances and reclassifies it under Schedule II;
(2) Prohibit the arrest or prosecution of a qualifying patient who possesses a written certification for the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A qualifying patient younger than 18 years of age is also exempt from arrest or prosecution if a parent or guardian consents in writing to and controls the use of marijuana for medical purposes;
3) Prohibits a physician from being subject to arrest, prosecution, penalty, or denial of any right for providing written certification for the medical use of marijuana to a qualifying patient;
(4) Requires that marijuana, drug paraphernalia, or other property seized from a qualifying patient or primary caregiver in connection with the claimed medical use of marijuana be returned to the patient or caregiver following a determination by a court or prosecutor that these individuals are entitled to the protections contained in the bill;
(5) Gives medical marijuana patients the same rights as other pharmaceutically medicated individuals relating to routine traffic stops, interaction with law enforcement that does not involve an illegal act, employer interaction, and drug testing pertaining to marijuana and its metabolites;
(6) Prohibits the medical use of marijuana when it compromises the health or well-being of another. The smoking of marijuana is prohibited in a school bus, public bus, or other public vehicle; in the workplace; on school grounds; in a correctional facility; or at any public park, public beach, public recreation center, or youth center unless the area is designated for medical marijuana use;
(7) Prohibits the fraudulent representation of the medical use of marijuana to any law enforcement official. A person who violates this provision will be subject to criminal and monetary penalties;
(8) Allows a qualifying patient or a primary caregiver to assert a defense for the medical use of marijuana based on certain conditions;
(9) Requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to develop rules for governing the issuance of registry identification cards. A qualifying patient and primary caregiver are required to submit certain information before receiving the card. Possession of the card by a qualifying patient or a primary caregiver is required;
(10) Requires the department to maintain a confidential list of persons who have been issued a card; and
(11) Requires an organization to register with the department to sell, administer, deliver, dispense, distribute, cultivate, or possess marijuana or related supplies for medicinal use.