Medical marijuana could be in the future for Missouri. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with 86th District Representative Rory Ellinger:
“There will not be marijuana parlors or cafes where you can go and choose between different kinds of marijuana. It would not be for recreation,” said Ellinger. “As a matter of fact, you would not even smoke it. It would be taken like Anacin or any other type of pain medication.”
The marijuana would be considered a controlled substance, and regulated like painkillers such as opium and others that are used after major operations.
Ellinger argues the controlled substance has been shown to be helpful to those suffering from certain conditions, such as muscular disorders.
“I think to stand in the way of that by saying it’s an illegal drug is not very smart. And also, it’s hypocritical. Tobacco is an extremely dangerous product that we legally sell in America. And also, alcohol kills thousands and thousands of people every year. Nobody’s ever died of a marijuana overdose.”
Ellinger’s bill is modeled on the Illinois law, which has some of the strictest regulations on medical marijuana in the country.
More information on House Bill 1324 can be found at house.mo.gov.