Thousands of Missourians to benefit from life-saving legislation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – State Rep. Donna Baringer today filed legislation that would expand patients’ access to Cannabidiol (CBD) oil in the state of Missouri. Rep. Baringer sponsored similar legislation during the 2017 legislative session in the form of House Bill 937.
CBD is one of eighty-five active cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant that after extensive studies has proven to possess a variety of medicinal benefits. Unlike THC, the psychedelic compound in marijuana, CBD oil does not result in psychoactive effects allowing patients to treat themselves without experiencing the side-effects of medical marijuana. Currently, less than 60 Missourians have a CBD oil patient card, leaving thousands of Missourians with Intractable Epilepsy unable to gain access to the oil.
Under Rep. Baringer’s House Bill 1441, any board-licensed physician in Missouri would be authorized to recommend CBD to patients who needs it and meets the qualifications. In an effort to keep up with its high demand throughout the state, House Bill 1441 would also increase the number ofstate-licensedd CBD oil providers from two to ten. Additionally, this legislation would expand the list of eligible conditions to include a wide array of serious and life-threatening medical conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ALS and more.
“As a mother whose son had epileptic seizures during his childhood, I am extremely disappointed that our state has delayed providing Missourians currently suffering from serious conditions with access to this natural plant medicine and the opportunity to live normal, pain-free lives,” said Baringer. “There is a substantial amount of evidence available verifying the positive impact CBD oil has on those seeking treatment. It is time we do our friends, neighbors, and family members a favor and advance this compassionate, common sense legislation.”