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