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Notice About The Bills
The bill language for HB 859 / SB 962 are similar. Information for these two bills have been compiled together below.

Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act

House Bill # 859 - Medical Use of Cannabis

Sponsored by Rep. Saunders
Co-Sponsored by Rep. Rehwinkel-Vasilinda

Senate # 962 - Medical Use of Cannabis  

Sponsored by Sen. Clemens
Co-Sponsored by Sen. Bullard


These bills separates medical use of cannabis from recreational use. It clearly defines a regulated system for cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution. It requires an ongoing relationship with a primary healthcare provider and registers patients through the Department of Health and Human Services.

In brief, the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act:

  •   Allows therapeutic access to cannabis in a variety of forms through a variety of delivery methods.
  •   Codifies the voters desire for a  tightly regulated and controlled system.
  •   Qualifies caregivers authorized to cultivate, possess and administer cannabis for a patient.
  •   Sets a patient to caregiver ratio while exempting certain residential facilities.
  •   Assures an ongoing professional relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient.
  •   Allows licensed and regulated businesses to grow and dispense cannabis.
  •   Partners parents and health care providers on a minor’s healthcare decision regarding cannabis.
  •   Assures the quality and purity of the commercial cannabis through licensing and regulation.
  •   Opens opportunities for universities and medical centers to discover the next generation of drugs.
  •   Saves taxpayers money by deferring prosecution of cannabis patients.
  •   Gives patients a less expensive therapy option.
  •   Requires security and safety protocols for distribution and cultivation.
  •   Requires the creation of continuing educational materials for patients and caregivers.
  •   Authorizes the collection of fees for permits to dispense, cultivate and manufacture cannabis.
  •   Sets penalties for failure to comply with the act.

HB 859 / SB 962 Activity and Text

Medical Use of Cannabis (Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act)

May 2, 2014 -
HB 859 & SB 962 died in committee
March 4, 2014 -
HB 859 had its First Reading
February 14, 2014
HB 859 was referred to the following Committees:
 Criminal Justice Subcommittee
 Health Quality Subcommittee
February 10, 2014 -
HB 859 was filed  Original Bill Text
February 12, 2014 -
SB 962 was referred to the following Committees:
 Health Policy
 Regulated Industries
 Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
February 10, 2014 -
SB 962 was filed  Original Bill Text