Va. House to Vote on Medical Marijuana Bill

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- On Tuesday, the House of Delegates will vote on a bill which would allow for the use of medical marijuana to treat epilepsy.

Earlier in this legislative session, the Senate passed its version of the bill.

If the House version passes, the next step would be for the House and Senate to reconcile the differences, before it reaches the Governor McAuliffe's desk for a signature.

The bill would allow for the possession and distribution of marijuana for medical use only, which includes people with epilepsy.

Currently the use of medical marijuana is allowed only for the treatment of cancer and glaucoma.

Dr. Bob Roberts, a political analyst, believes the House will pass the bill because of the strict limitations placed on the usage of medical marijuana.

"There's been a lot of support from the medical community. There's been a lot of support from parents to allow it for limited conditions. They won't make it easy for doctors to write these prescriptions, fairly narrow. I think there is an overall public belief that this is alright in terms of narrow purposes," Dr. Roberts said.

McAuliffe has indicated support for the bill in the past.

The General Assembly has until the end of the month to decide on the bill. If it eventually becomes a law, medical marijuana could be legal in Virginia by July 1.