Missouri House passes cannabis extract legislation

Apr 24, 2014

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The Missouri House has approved legislation that would allow use of a cannabis extract by people whose epilepsy is not relieved by other types of treatments.

The bill would allow use of "hemp extract" containing little of the substance that makes marijuana users feel high and greater amounts of a chemical called cannabidiol, or CBD. Patients would qualify if they have epilepsy that a neurologist has determined is not responding to at least three treatment options.

Thursday's 139-13 House vote sends the bill to the Senate. The legislation would take effect immediately after it is signed into law.

Other states have moved to allow used of CBD oil for treating epilepsy.