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Title: Amends Medical Marijuana Regulations
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Vote to pass a bill that amends medical marijuana regulations.
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- Authorizes a licensed medical physician to order low-THC cannabis or medical cannabis for an “eligible patient,” if the physician determines that the potential benefits overcome the risks of treating the patient (Sec. 1).
- Defines “eligible patient” as an individual who has been diagnosed with a terminal condition by a physician which is confirmed by another independent board-certified physician (Sec. 2).
- Establishes 3 new cannabis “dispensing organizations” when 250,000 qualified patients register with the state (Sec. 1).
- Defines “dispensing organization” as an organization authorized by the Department of Health to cultivate, process, transport, and dispense low-THC cannabis, medical cannabis, and cannabis devices (Sec. 2).
- Requires a dispensing organization to package the cannabis in a receptacle with a label stating the following information (Sec. 1):
- A statement that the cannabis meets all state requirements;
- The name of the dispensing organization where the cannabis originated; and
- The batch number or harvest from which the cannabis originated.
- Requires a dispensing organization to have alarm systems, 24 hour video surveillance, and additional security measures in place (Sec. 1).
- Classifies the act of ordering medical cannabis without reasonable belief that the patient has a terminal condition as a first degree misdemeanor (Sec. 1).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.