The Kansas House has passed a bill which will now legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes. The House approved House Bill 2244 by a vote of 89-35 early Wednesday morning.
The bill is known as the “Claire and Lola’s Law” which was pushed by a Wichita-area couple. Gwen and Scott Hartley, the parents of Claire and Lola said that this bill could save their 12-year old daughter Lola’s life.
Lola suffers from microcephaly, a medical condition in which a child’s brain doesn’t fully develop and the child has an abnormally small head for his or her age. Claire, her elder sister too suffered from microcephaly and the condition has already claimed her life when she was 17 in December, 2018.
The new bill will empower patients to access cannabis for medical purposes easily if they meet certain criteria.
With the legalization of medical marijuana in different states of the U.S., new alleys for treatments have opened up. Research and studies have proven that cannabinoid, popularly known as CBD has potential health benefits which can be used to treat or the least, subdue the effects of a wide range of diseases.
CBD is derived from hemp-plant which falls under the category of cannabis genus. CBD is a non-psychoactive component which can be extensively used for treating ailments such as stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, seizures and even cancer.
The ongoing research into cannabinoid has led to its legalization in many regions of the U.S. However, the government still bans and prohibits the use of THC, tetrahydro cannabinoid, a psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that can trigger seizures, cause epilepsy, stress, mental disorders and also lead to multiple organ failures.
Severe cases of THC can be found in the south London, Amsterdam and Netherlands. A major contributing factor to the exponential rise in the patients checking on mental disorders is the frequent use of high potency cannabis containing extreme levels of THC.
Proper measures have been taken to avoid any such exploitation of the drug in the U.S by regulating the amount of CBD being sold to even a patient. These limits and regulations are set by the state government and other lawmakers that are a part of the vote for the bill.
The bill now advances to the Senate.
With a strong majority, the Kansas House approved a preliminary vote on the bill that would allow people to use CBD oil with a small amount of THC for treating life-threatening medical conditions.
While lawmakers are in motion of the bill and second its ultimate motive, there are some apprehensions about how the bill could affect people in general. Other states also worry on the subject as most of the accidental driver cases registered with the police ends up in a cannabis-related drug inhalation or at least, its possession while driving.
Nonetheless, the Food and Drug Administration is certain to look into the matter and ensure a proper usage of cannabis. CBD infused products are set to hit the market by late 2019 including edibles, beverages, sweets, chocolates, creams, lotions, capsules, beauty masks and many more.
Celebs have already turned their support towards CBD saying how they are loving and obsessing over their CBD Oil based products. Kim Kardashian west leads the way with her impromptu upload on a social media platform, Instagram where she is praised as a beauty goddess.
Public statements are sure to create a impact on people, but still, the decision making and acceptance lies with the government that is looking into the matter in-depth.