Senate Resolution 112 - Introduced SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 112 BY BOLKCOM , SCHNEIDER , McCOY , BREITBACH , ZAUN , COURTNEY , ROZENBOOM , HATCH , SINCLAIR , and DOTZLER A Resolution requesting the legislative council to 1 establish a legislative interim study committee to 2 study the feasibility of establishing a medical use 3 of cannabis program in this state. 4 WHEREAS, modern medical research has confirmed the 5 beneficial uses of cannabis in treating or alleviating 6 the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a 7 variety of debilitating medical conditions, including 8 epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, as 9 found by the national academy of sciences’ institute of 10 medicine in March 1999; and 11 WHEREAS, studies published since the 1999 Institute 12 of Medicine report continue to show the therapeutic 13 value of cannabis in treating a wide array of 14 debilitating medical conditions including relief of 15 the neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis, 16 HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses that often fail to 17 respond to conventional treatments, increasing the 18 chances of patients continuing on life-saving treatment 19 regimens; and 20 WHEREAS, cannabis has many currently accepted 21 medical uses in the United States, having been 22 recommended by thousands of licensed physicians to at 23 least 600,000 patients in states with medical cannabis 24 laws; and 25 WHEREAS, the medical utility of cannabis is 26 recognized by a wide range of medical and public health 27 -1- LSB 6176XS (5) 85 rh/rj 1/ 2
S.R. 112 organizations, including the American Academy of HIV 1 medicine, the American college of physicians, the 2 American nurses association, the American public health 3 association, the leukemia and lymphoma society, and 4 many others; NOW THEREFORE, 5 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE, That the legislative 6 council is requested to establish a legislative interim 7 study committee for the 2014 legislative interim to 8 make recommendations on the feasibility of establishing 9 a medical cannabis program in this state allowing 10 qualifying resident patients to purchase and possess 11 cannabis for medical purposes, and to file a final 12 report including recommendations with the general 13 assembly by December 30, 2014. 14 -2- LSB 6176XS (5) 85 rh/rj 2/ 2