Kansas Medical Marijuana Bill Dies In Committee After Special Session Ends

Kansas Medical Marijuana Bill Dies In Committee After Special Session Ends

A bill to legalize medical marijuana that several Kansas House lawmakers recently filed did not advance during the short special session that ended last week. The legislation did not get raised by the Republican-led legislature and died in committee. If it had passed, the bill would have brought Kansas on board with the majority of states that have established medical cannabis programs by allowing patients to possess, cultivate and purchase at least four ounces of marijuana from licensed dispensaries. The Kansas Medical Cannabis Agency would’ve been created to develop regulations for the market and issue business licenses. There weren’t any specific conditions listed that would have qualified patients for legal access. Rather, the bill states that marijuana could be recommended for a temporary or permanent disability or illness that “limits the ability of the individual to conduct one or more major life activities” or “may cause serious harm to the individual’s safety or physical or mental health.” The definition of “major life activities” includes “caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.” A four percent tax would’ve been imposed on marijuana sales—with tax revenue earmarked for funds to expand broadband access, the Department of Aging and Disabilities Services and the state’s water fund. The bill—HB 2017—also contains a variety of employment, housing and education protections for registered patients. It outlines penalties for licensing violations and impaired driving. “The Kansas State Legislature should swiftly enact a…

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