Kansas Lawmakers Kick Off Bicameral Medical Marijuana Conference, Aiming To Pass Jointly Negotiated Bill Soon

Kansas Lawmakers Kick Off Bicameral Medical Marijuana Conference, Aiming To Pass Jointly Negotiated Bill Soon
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Kansas lawmakers from both chambers met on Wednesday to start discussing a path forward for medical marijuana legalization in the state. The conference committee convened one day after negotiators were appointed to finalize medical cannabis reform legislation. While no action was taken by the six-member panel, the lawmakers heard a run-down of the mostly technical differences between a bill that passed the House last year and a measure filed in the Senate this year. Advocates are optimistic that the convening of the conference committee means that legislators intend to send a final bill to the governor, potentially within days. Most of Wednesday’s meeting was led by a staffer who explained how the House-passed substitute of SB 158 differs from a similar Senate bill, SB 560, that was discussed in several committee hearings last month. Members may convene again later on Wednesday to continue working the legislation, but the overall expectation is that a deal on the reform proposal is within reach. The plan is to incorporate whatever language is agreed upon into a separate, unrelated legislative vehicle that already cleared both chambers in order to expedite passage. In any case, the conference report will still need to be approved on the floor of each chamber in order to reach the governor’s desk.

As Rep. John Barker (R), who chairs the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, said at Wednesday’s initial meeting, the cannabis proposals are “the same in many areas,” including key provisions related to licensing requirements and regulatory authority. Many of the differences concern effective dates and other technical matters. Here’s an overview of the key provisions where the bills overlap:  Patients with any of more than 20 qualifying conditions—including cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autoimmune disorders—would be eligible for medical cannabis.…

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