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A Missouri based medical marijuana coalition is taking the necessary steps to further the decriminalization of medical cannabis in the Show-Me State. New Approach Missouri has filed for petition to permit state licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients suffering from certain crippling illnesses.

“We’re a coalition of patients, healthcare professionals, veterans, law enforcement, that have all come together and decided now is the time that patients working with their doctors ought to have this as a medical option,”

said Jack Cardetti, spokesman for New Approach Missouri.

Many of the arguments held against the state legislation regarding medical cannabis are based on success stories from former sufferers. Medical cannabis users, such as Iraq War Vet and Missouri-native Sarah Rung, have found relief from symptoms caused by several pain-inflicting illnesses. Rung’s relief came after seeking the attention of medical marijuana while on a trip to Oregon, where medicinal use of cannabis is legal.

“My time in Oregon was magical, but it’s time to bring that magic back to Missouri. Patients, veterans, citizens of Missouri, we deserve that option. We deserve that freedom to choose the medicine that we want,”

said Rung.

As the battle against medical marijuana continues, groups such as “New Approach Missouri” hope to shed light on the positive effects it can bring to those who can seek refuge in it. Almost 116,00 valid signatures are needed from Missouri citizens in order for the measure to be put on the general election ballot in 2016. The group does not plan on giving up without a fight to help end patient suffering for those who would benefit from the use of medical cannabis.

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