Missouri House approves medical marijuana
Many states have already legalized weed, but others are still working their way through the system. The House of Representatives in Missouri approved a measure on Monday to allow medical marijuana for patients suffering from long term illnesses. Originally, the measure was set to only allow patients who had terminal illnesses to use the drug, but the House offered an amendment to expand the regulation. Makes sense, because, as Rep. Shamed Dogan, who offered the amendment, says, "this is in the spirit of what our voters think when they think of medical marijuana."
And that's how this is all supposed to work, right? With the representatives legislating according to what voters want, not according to old beliefs or modern industry? Hopefully that sentiment will prevail, in Missouri and everywhere else.
Unfortunately, it has a ways to go -- the measure still needs a final vote in the House, and then will advance to the state Senate, so any form of legal weed in Missouri is still a ways away. Fortunately, one step closer is one step closer. Good luck, Show Me State!