Missouri committee rejects medical marijuana bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee has rejected a bill meant to give terminally ill patients access to medical marijuana.

The Columbia Missourian reports┬áthat Republican Rep. Jim Neely’s bill failed to make it out of the Legislative Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

New Approach Missouri is a group campaigning to legalize medical cannabis in Missouri. Spokesman Jack Cardetti says the organization didn’t endorse the bill because the group hopes to address the issue on a ballot.

Neely also sponsored a bill last year that aimed to legalize medical marijuana for people with “epilepsy or an irreversible debilitating disease or conditions.” That bill was approved by a committee but failed to gain traction.

Neely says he plans to file the bill a third time if the committee doesn’t take another look.