Today was a busy day for democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Sitting before him were seven bills that he could could sign, veto or allow to become law without his signature.

One of the bills the governor vetoed was Senate Bill 841. This bill was favored by the tobacco industry and sellers of electronic cigarettes and would have allowed new e-cigarette products to be exempt from existing laws and taxes on traditional tobacco cigarettes. In his response to the bill Nixon said, “The bill appears to be nothing more than a thinly disguised and cynical attempt to exempt e-cigarettes from taxes and regulations protecting public health.”

Two other health related bills gained the favor of Governor Nixon.

House Bill 1685 allows drug manufacturers to make available drugs  for investigation, biological products, or devised to certain eligible terminally ill patients.

House Bill 2238, which contains and emergency clause, allows the use of hemp extract to treat some individuals with epilepsy and also allows the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses to grow industrial hemp strictly for research purposes.