Kansas Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill, Clearing It For Floor Vote

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A Kansas House committee on Monday adopted another set of amendments to a medical marijuana legalization bill and approved the overall measure, clearing its path to a floor vote. The legislation, which was introduced last month in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, has been the subject of multiple hearings in the panel, with members going through numerous proposed changes in recent days. Chairman John Barker (R) said during last week’s initial hearing that the plan was to have legislators take most of the week to review the amendments and then vote on Thursday, but that timeline was delayed. Despite complaints from some members that the process was rushed nonetheless, the committee passed the bill in a 13-8 vote. That followed a motion to table the measure that failed. Lawmakers separately approved a procedural motion to incorporate the bill’s language into an unrelated Senate proposal to speed up its consideration by the two chambers. The legislation would establish a medical marijuana program for qualified patients. As drafted, it listed 21 conditions that would qualify patients for the program, including chronic pain, HIV and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, it was amended on Monday to expand that list. Smoking and vaping products would be prohibited. It would also not provide for home growing. Members of the panel heard testimony from supporters and opponents last month. Here are the amendments that the committee approved and rejected during Monday’s hearing:  Rep. Randy Garber (R) APPROVED: Expand the list of qualifying conditions; loosen restrictions on the vaping ban; remove THC limits; remove regulators’ ability to institute business licensing caps; give regulatory authority to the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) instead of the Agriculture Department; enact protections for nurses who treat patients using medical cannabis; add testing provisions; remove a new crime for storing…

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