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Rally held in support of medical marijuana

January 24, 2012

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Jason Selmon (left) and Sarah Smith speak Tuesday at a rally in support of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical reasons.

Jason Selmon (left) and Sarah Smith speak Tuesday at a rally in support of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical reasons.

cheryl riley of Potwin holds sign on Tuesday at rally in support of bill legalizing medical marijuana. An informational hearing was held on the issue.

cheryl riley of Potwin holds sign on Tuesday at rally in support of bill legalizing medical marijuana. An informational hearing was held on the issue.

— About 25 people rallied Tuesday in support of a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical reasons.

Jason Selmon, chairman of the Kannabis Project, said he hoped the Legislature would vote on House Bill 2330, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act.

“That’s what Kansans deserve. Popular opinion is overwhelmingly in support for medical marijuana,” Selmon said.

The measure would legalize marijuana use for people with debilitating conditions, such as cancer.

In addition, it would provide for the registration and operations of not-for-profit “compassion centers,” which would have the authority to possess, cultivate, manufacture and dispense marijuana. Buyers would have to have a doctor’s prescription and a license from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Sarah Smith of Lenexa said she has never used marijuana because it is illegal but would like to have it as an option to help with chronic ailments that she said are so painful she had to quit her job as a police officer.

Esau Freeman of Wichita said he wishes medical marijuana had been available for his mother, who he said died from side effects of a prescription drug.

“If the FDA can push a drug so dangerous … they can pass something that is as safe and effective as aspirin,” Freeman said.

Dennis Romero of Wichita said legalizing marijuana would reduce crime.

“Legalize it and take the bullets out of the guns of the cartels,” he said.

Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, who introduced the legislation said, “This is a first step. People want a fair and honest debate. We are tired of being ignored.”

A reported 16 states have laws allowing for marijuana use for medical reasons.

The rally was held outside the Docking Office Building before an informational hearing on the bill before the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Committee Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said she didn’t expect the committee to vote on the proposal.

“No one on the committee has said this is a pressing issue,” Landwehr said.

And Gov. Sam Brownback said he opposed efforts to legalize marijuana for medical use. He said the Legislature already has a full plate of issues.

Comments

Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh man, the rally was Tuesday? I forgot all about it.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 2 months ago

Exactly how much is your integrity worth? Knowing that medical marijuana as implemented in other states is a joke. It's just an excuse to get it semi-legalized without having to tell the truth. All this talk about alcohol and tobacco, sure, it's true. And if you want to say marijuana is less harmful, say so. Make your case. And if you fail this year, make your case again with greater vigor and with more information. Just don't lie to me and say this is "medical", because that would be the rare exception, if your advocating implementation similar to that in other states.

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beaujackson 2 years, 2 months ago

Another issue for on the city commission.

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tomcats 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownback says he opposed efforts and Legislature has a full plate of issues? Like what? Kansas unemployment, trying to create jobs for the Kansas people or the Economy? I don't see any work being done on this. Legislature plate is to full? Give me a break! Brownback blowalot!!!

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cheeseburger 2 years, 2 months ago

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 2 months ago

A. Agree

B. Please elaborate as im fascinated

  1. The most hilarious of them all....A, B, and 3!!!!!
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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

A. I believe it should be legalized and highly regulated.

B. The term "medical" is nothing but a fraud and scam.

  1. And after 15 minutes of rally the 25 protesters retired to a local Burger King to exchange oh wow man pothead stories and snack on savory burgers and fries dudes.
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kernal 2 years, 2 months ago

If the U.S. were to legalize drugs, we just might put a damper on the drug cartels operations which just could result in making Mexico a safer place for it's citizens thus eliminating a large chunk of the illegal immigration "problem".

Nah, that's too easy.

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pace 2 years, 2 months ago

If you have ever fed a person spoon by spoon, praying they could get enough down to give them the energy for the big fight, you would not smear the gentle herb that would help them.

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Pastor_Bedtime 2 years, 2 months ago

Unless Monsanto/Dupont/Pfizer can make $$$$ from it, it'll never become legal. Big government always knows what's best for the common man.

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mrchips 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes, please legalize it, don't criticize it!

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 2 months ago

legalize it, then terminal and chronic patients can get relief.

Legalize it, then it ads significantly to the tax base

Legalize it, then it no longer funds terrorism and drug cartels, but farmers instead.

Legalize it, because it is a natural and organic substance that is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol

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unite2revolt 2 years, 2 months ago

There's a pretty easy solution here. If you are in favor of the issue, move to Colorado.

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catfishturkeyhunter 2 years, 2 months ago

Lets just dispense with the bs and call it what it is. Decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana is long overdue. I hate to see the cause hiding behind the phrase "medical marijuana".

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Bursting 2 years, 2 months ago

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blue73harley 2 years, 2 months ago

Go ahead and legalize it but drop the prescription pretense. Everyone that wants a prescription of medical dope in the Califorinia Land of Fruits and Nuts gets one.

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BorderRat 2 years, 2 months ago

If it passes I get dibs on the shop name Karma-ceuticals.

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Clark Coan 2 years, 2 months ago

It should only be legalized for the terminally ill who can't get pain relief from other drugs. Too many side effects from cannabis.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 2 months ago

Dude, I was all like "Dude" and he was all "Dude!" and so we then all turned and went "Shplaah!" and there were like, munchies and stuff.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

25 people! However did the police handle the massive crowd?

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gudpoynt 2 years, 2 months ago

Have you ever been to medicinal marijuana rally...

... on WEED?!?!

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gudpoynt 2 years, 2 months ago

I was gonna go to that rally...

... but I got high ... but I got high ... but I got hiiiiigh

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My_Life 2 years, 2 months ago

If you're healthy and don't need relief consider yourself lucky. Don't dictate pain and suffering upon others not as fortunate. Give 'em a break. WWJD

Of course, legalizing medical marijuana will never happen in bass ackwards Kansas.

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MasterShake 2 years, 2 months ago

"Medical Reasons"

Suuuuure.

Just admit you wanna smoke up and quit the pretense.

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riverroad 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes , should be legal,tax it !!!!!-I have a cronic dease,cancer with other problems and do have pain.But smoking pot did nothing for pain,just made you stupid in the brain!!!!-I quit all doctors suggestions and tried some other natural things.And they seem to help the most.But legalize it,TAX the he77 out of it.But for heatlh reasons,does help with my seizures some,but not enough to really help. So Good Luck Kansas folks it will never happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Liberty275 2 years, 2 months ago

It should be legalized because it is nobody's business what consenting adults do inside their homes. Period.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 2 months ago

And look at these so called doctors saying that it should be classified as a leafy green. I bet Obama made them make this video.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 2 months ago

Id also hate for any of our state SOCIAL services, like our public schools and programs for the disabled and elderly to get more money! That might be a type of socialism, and we all know that the 'devil weed' them mexicans are all strung out on leads to SOCIALISM !

Just look at Colorado, just in the Denver area , they were able to inject 20 million dollars into their local schools and social services, WE DONT WANT THAT! Teachers and Social Workers and all those bums that work for SRS are over paid as is RIGHT?

I just really dont want to have a talk with my kids, id rather just keep them ignorant and pumpd up on the latest totally non addictive ADDERALL. Its safe, just like my oxycotin ya know.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh god id just hate someone with a terminal illness to be able to get relief from a friggin plant that grows in the ground!

Id have to have a real talk with my children too! I dont want to educate them like that!

I want them to just go to the doctor and take whatever lobbied big pharma pill thats totally safe right?

Side Effects include......Death, no problem.

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kansanjayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

More people smoking pot is not a positive societal good. There are much more effective ways to manage "pain" in those with illnesses than to open the door to "pot shops" and the drug industry that it brings. Just look at California and Colorado with the shops on every street corner it is really set up for recreational drug use!

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Hooligan_016 2 years, 2 months ago

Better this than abortion ban bills.

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emaw 2 years, 2 months ago

I will be shocked if Kansas passes this bill before it is federally legalized.......happy but shocked. Kansas seems to have a lot of people that still think the year is 1930 and that Reefer Madness was a factual movie.

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