Kansas Lawmakers Hold Final Medical Marijuana Meeting After Touring Grow Facility, With Chairman Previewing 2023 Bill Plans

Kansas Lawmakers Hold Final Medical Marijuana Meeting After Touring Grow Facility, With Chairman Previewing 2023 Bill Plans
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Kansas lawmakers on Thursday held the last in a series of special committee meetings on medical marijuana issues that will be used to inform reform legislation that will be introduced in the 2023 session. The Special Committee on Medical Marijuana, members of which toured a Missouri cannabis cultivation facility on Wednesday as part of their work, went over the wide range of issues that they’ve been discussing with officials and experts in recent months. The plan is to finalize a report with recommendations for the legislature heading into the new year. Sen. Robert Olson (R)—who chairs the special committee, as well the Federal and State Affairs Committee with jurisdiction over cannabis issues—talked about his plans to file a medical marijuana legalization bill with the information the temporary panel has gathered in its meetings. Notably, he said on Thursday that he doesn’t intend to include a home grow provision in his forthcoming reform bill, expressing concerns about enforcement challenges. However, he said that “it’ll be amendable” and “it’ll be changeable” if a majority of other lawmakers want to go in a different direction. For the time being, however, the bill he plans to draft will be “fair to the state, very tight, very regulatory,” he said.

Olson emphasized that Kansas is taking a “different process than most of the other states—a legislative process, not an initiative—and I think we’ve got a chance to debate the different issues and allow the process to work.” “I can’t support homegrown because there’s just no way you can put guardrails on to secure and know what’s happening with the plants,” the chairman said. In the meantime, the plan is to deliver the legislature a report with the committees findings and recommendations, which members will vote on electronically in the coming days once it’s…

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