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Legislators show little interest in bill legalizing medical use of marijuana

January 31, 2012


— Even though a bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana is now in both sides of the Kansas Legislature, officials have shown little interest in making it a law.

Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, introduced Senate Bill 354, the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act, during Monday’s session. It was referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, where it will likely sit without a hearing.

“I have no interest on hearing the bill,” said Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, who leads the committee.

The bill would allow qualified patients with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma and AIDS, to buy marijuana from registered “compassion centers.”

“Marijuana has been used by many people already,” Haley said. “It’s been a relief to those with a myriad of illnesses.”

Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, introduced the same bill in the House last February.

The Health and Human Services committee, responsible for hearing the House bill, held an informational meeting on the issue last Tuesday.

Committee Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said she didn’t expect the committee to act on the bill either.

Haley said he is pushing to have an official hearing, even if committee members are opposed to it.

“Let’s hear the pros and cons,” Haley said. “For those who oppose it, let them come forward.”

Gov. Sam Brownback has said he opposes the medicinal use of marijuana.

According to the bill, 15 other states allow the medicinal use of the drug, including Colorado and Michigan.


anonymous_coward 2 years, 2 months ago

Ok - Missouri is placing 21 and over on the ballot, Colorado already has medicinal marijuana (and is considering a similar initiative of 21 and over) Nebraska has decriminalized, and Oklahoma has SB 573 going on...

Sooooooooooo: what is Kansas going to do when it is potentially SURROUNDED by states that have legalized, decriminalized, or allowed medical marijuana?

HB 2330 is one of the very few bills (if not only) that have an estimated income of + 2 million for Kansas.

With Kansas in dire budget cuts, a GDP of - 2 million short of what it takes in from the federal government: how much money does Kansas hope to collect to pay for all the police, incarceration, clogged courts to line every square border of this state to prevent this from enviably coming in???

We're nearly at 2 million short of all of Kansas' total expenditure of what we spend on all schools as we spend on corrections / courts / law enforcement!!!

How much oil do they think Kansas has!?!?!??

They'd rather jail everyone and dig in the ground???

The flippant “I have no interest on hearing the bill,” - could become an unintentional epidemic disaster for Kansas unlike anything any one of us has ever seen...


pace 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownback/Koch political stands are full throttle, Can they, block poor women from getting mammograms, block medical marijuana from relieving cancer victims, and strip access to medicaid from the uninsured ill, without running giant ad campaigns saying Vote yes for Cancer. That is a decision for informal non political dinners at the mansion. Their campaign urging working families to vote for Oil is bizarre. Kansas GOP is now the OIL only party. If they can , they will block the sun. Oops they can, with clean coal smog.


Phoenixman 2 years, 2 months ago

Marijuana grows well here in eastern Kansas. They used to grow hemp in Kansas, basically the same plant. Kansas could also grow poppies.

It is our inalienable right to use that which our creator has provided. Natural minerals and herbs are not dangerous when used with moderation and care. Our prisons are full of people who were persecuted for exercising their right to these natural substances. If they choose to abuse them then that too is their right. The war on drugs is a failure and has destroyed more lives than the drugs themselves.


d_prowess 2 years, 2 months ago

Does anyone with an agricultural background know about how marijuana would fare as a crop in Kansas? Just curious if our climate could make the state an agricultural center for growth of marijuana by our farmers.


seriouscat 2 years, 2 months ago

Oh yea they should totally keep the devil weed illegal. I mean look how many college students have died from over-consumption of marijuana! Oh wait....


somedude20 2 years, 2 months ago

LJW's next polling question should be "what will Kansas pass first, sodemy or legal pot"


somedude20 2 years, 2 months ago

LJW's next polling question should be "what will Kansas pass first, sodemy or legal pot"


malcolmkyle 2 years, 2 months ago

We don't need them!

Prohibition is overwhelmingly responsible for an immense increase in organized crime, international terrorism, rampant official corruption, a broken economy, mass unemployment and a serious undermining of international security and development.

Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods, which can usually be employed to reverse such acute damage, no longer function as our founders intended. Such a political impasse coupled with our great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has often ignited extreme social upheaval and violent revolution.

“To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” - Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787

Fortunately we are left with one last peaceful avenue for change – Jury Nullification.

Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty but do not deserve punishment. - All non-violent 'drug offenders' who are not selling to children - be they users, dealers or importers - clearly belong in this category.

If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy then you must stop helping to enforce it. When it comes to acquittals, you, the juror, have the very last word!

  • It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.
  • You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.
  • You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors for your position when voting - just simply state you find the accused not guilty.

We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for - PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!


Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 2 months ago

And so it remains an illicit black market drug, and anyone that wants to can get it without having to get a prescription or pay any taxes on it at all.


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