Archive for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rally held in support of medical marijuana

January 24, 2012


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.


emaw 5 years, 1 month 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.

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 1 month ago

+1 Actually agree with a Stater for once.

kansanjayhawk 5 years, 1 month 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!

deec 5 years, 1 month ago

Yeah maybe people in pain can just stay drunk. Or get addicted to big pharma opiates with deadly side effects.

jafs 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh my God!

The horror!

What exactly is the justification for allowing alcohol/cigarettes to remain legal while outlawing other drugs?

Also, you do understand that if it were legalized, instead of costing us huge sums of money in law enforcement, courts, and incarceration, that it might be a money-maker instead, taxed in the same way as cigarettes and alcohol?

Bob_Loblaw 5 years, 1 month ago

Since you give no facts or reference citations to back this up....then you are only stating your own uninformed (and it seems biased) opinion.

And the the Netherlands is a horrible wretched place right now...(sarcasm).... SEE: (there are citations)


jafs 5 years ago

That's interesting, and I generally concur.

But, it seems pretty obvious to me that long-term use of marijuana affects cognitive ability, in a negative way.

I find it very hard to believe that's not true, as they claim.

gatekeeper 5 years, 1 month ago

You have never watched someone you love suffer and die from cancer. If you had, you would support this. I would have loved for my sister to have been given the choice, to have had an appetite and to have felt better (even if for just a little while). They gave her all kinds of pain meds and they mainly made her feel more sick and less likely to eat.

It's been used as a medicine for thousands of years. Why is some man made pill better than a natural plant that has no known bad side effects?

itsMyRight 5 years, 1 month ago

@kansanjayhawk, Marijauna is a much more safe alternative than the already leagal and taxed killers like tobbaco and alcohol. I am trying so hard to understand people like you. its like your stuck in the 50's. Besides there are places to get alcohol and cigs on every street corner, so why not say something about that. Do you drink? smoke? look, bottom line here is that people should be able to consume this amazing herb for all intentional purposes, including helping people with medical problems such as cancer patients to live a better quality life.

pace 5 years, 1 month ago

Actually almost every sentence in your comment is factually wrong.

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 1 month 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.

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 1 month 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.

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 1 month 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.

Liberty275 5 years, 1 month ago

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

MasterShake 5 years, 1 month ago

"Medical Reasons"


Just admit you wanna smoke up and quit the pretense.

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 1 month ago

Nah, id rather drink and beat my wife. More legal and socially accepted.

gatekeeper 5 years, 1 month ago

WWJD? He would have smoked up. They have proof that it was used in ancient Israel and have found it in many tombs.

gudpoynt 5 years, 1 month ago

I was gonna go to that rally...

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

gudpoynt 5 years, 1 month ago

Have you ever been to medicinal marijuana rally...

... on WEED?!?!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

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

Kyle Chandler 5 years, 1 month ago

they loaded their riot guns with twinkies

mloburgio 5 years, 1 month ago

too bad the catholic school children from topeka weren't bused in like they were at the abortion rally in topeka yesterday.

Ragingbear 5 years, 1 month 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.

Clark Coan 5 years, 1 month 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.

gatekeeper 5 years, 1 month ago

Too many side effects? Hunger, dry mouth, maybe parania? Such terrible, terrible side effects.

itsMyRight 5 years, 1 month ago

plz do so more research than what you are conditioned to believe, the herb is great. no side effects like otc asprine which kills your liver. but at least you are somewhat for it! and for that we thank you.

BorderRat 5 years, 1 month ago

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

Bursting 5 years, 1 month ago

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Jeremiah Jefferson 5 years, 1 month 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".

bad_dog 5 years, 1 month ago

Is it really any worse than the "cause(s)" keeping it illegal?

unite2revolt 5 years, 1 month ago

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

Kyle Chandler 5 years ago

you could also just move to texas

ivalueamerica 5 years, 1 month 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

Jayhawk1958 5 years, 1 month ago

I mostly agree with you, but I've heard the drug cartels would get more aggressive and put the farmers out of business-probably by threats of violence. Don't think we want the Mexican cartels moving into the U.S. They're already on the border.

jafs 5 years ago

Did that happen when we repealed Prohibition?

I think it would be the same as then - instead of having massive criminal enterprises involved, with all of the associated violence, we'd have legitimate businesses created, with all of the associated benefits.

Once legalization reduces the profits, they'll be less interested as FHNC points out (a very rare case of agreement here!).

bad_dog 5 years, 1 month ago

Don't forget the actual and potential corruption of law enforcement and the judicial system that occurs with the massive amounts of money involved. Prison overcrowding and the need to build additional facilities could also be reduced.

Ragingbear 5 years, 1 month ago

Great idea. Don't fix the problem because the police might go corrupt. With that in mind, I got a few other dozen changes that will be needed.

bad_dog 5 years ago

Bear, please try to comprehend what you read. My comment was in addition to the concerns noted by ivalueamerica. That's why it was a "reply" to that comment in the thread. In other words, legalize it to avoid the existing and potential corruption of law enforcement and the judicial system, prison overcrowding, etc.


Pastor_Bedtime 5 years, 1 month 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.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

+1. That's the real point. Why legalize a potential farm crop? Big Pharma wants to get everyone taking 'happy pills.' They have been pretty successful so far and this would inhibit their profits.

pace 5 years, 1 month 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.

kernal 5 years 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.

Kyle Chandler 5 years ago

A. Agree

B. Please elaborate as im fascinated

  1. The most hilarious of them all....A, B, and 3!!!!!

tomcats 5 years 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!!!

beaujackson 5 years ago

Another issue for on the city commission.

jhawkinsf 5 years 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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