Committee Chairman Williams Lamberth, R-Cottontown, and Rep. Paul Sherrell, R-Spara, were the only two votes against the bill.
Sponsored by Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, the three-page bill permits patients diagnosed with certain maladies the ability to get a written order from a doctor to use THC-infused cannabis oils, ointments, lotions, patches, nasal sprays and capsules.
The bill would not permit the recreational use or smoking of the raw marijuana plant.
Van Huss had opposed the bill during its subcommittee hearing, but the now-amended legislation deleted 70-some pages of language he opposed that would have created a “big government” bureaucracy to oversee the implementation of medical cannabis.
“I was against the 72-page bill. Rep. Faison amended it down to four pages and took out the big government bureaucrat system. I think that this bill gives lotion and oil to more ailments, and if this can help people medically without the smoking then I was happy to support it,” Van Huss said.
Before the vote, Faison adopted an amendment proposed by Van Huss that removed “severe chronic pain” and “severe nausea” from the list