Medical marijuana supporters have descended on the state Capitol hoping for long-awaited action that would legalize medical marijuana for more than a dozen conditions.
The state House on Monday afternoon was expected to begin discussing and amending SB 3, which passed overwhelmingly in the Senate nearly a year ago.
The Senate had passed a bill in 2014 but the House allowed it to die.
Supporters rallied on Monday morning, with leaders saying they know they won’t get a “perfect” bill, but expressing optimism the House will pass a bill that will give relief for people including children with severe seizures, veterans with PTSD and people who want an alternative to highly-addictive opioid painkillers.
There are dozens of proposed amendments to SB 3, and wading through them could be a long process on Monday.
A final vote could come no sooner than Tuesday. An amended bill would have to go back to the Senate for another vote.
SB 3 allows medical marijuana to be consumed via routes including oils that can be swallowed or vaporized, but it couldn’t be smoked. One controversial proposed amendment would limit the amount of THC, the chemical that is responsible the marijuana high.