Kansas Lawmakers Create Special Medical Marijuana Committee To Prepare Issue This Summer For 2023 Action

Kansas Lawmakers Create Special Medical Marijuana Committee To Prepare Issue This Summer For 2023 Action
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Kansas lawmakers on Thursday voted to form a dedicated committee to work on medical marijuana issues this summer in the hopes that reform legislation will be ready to pass when the legislature returns for business early in 2023. The bicameral Legislative Coordinating Council voted to create a number of committees for various issues, including one that will focus on medical cannabis. The 2022 legislative session ended last month, leaving advocates disappointed that they were unable to get a bill to the governor’s desk despite considerable momentum over the past two years. But a key Senate committee chairman subsequently said that legislators would be working over the summer to prepare reform legislation for the 2023 session. And now, the House-Senate Council has formalized that plan by approving three days of panel discussions on medical marijuana this summer. The Special Committee on Medical Marijuana will be comprised of members appointed by the House speaker and Senate president. House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer (D) said at the Council meeting on Thursday that he’d hoped to give the committee authorization to hold six days of meetings this summer as originally proposed, but the panel cut that in half. That said, other lawmakers said it is possible that additional days could be authorized as the medical cannabis committee undergoes its work.

“I’ve been pretty frustrated that we have yet to get a bill passed,” Sawyer said, while acknowledging that the House voted to legalize medical marijuana last year only to see a relative lack of action in the Senate. The latter body did hold several hearings on medical cannabis legislation this year, but never got around to scheduling a vote. Late in the session, legislative leaders formed a bicameral conference committee that was tasked with arriving at a deal that could pass both…

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