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Push for Medical Marijuana Appears Over For Now in KS


Kansas legislators aren’t likely to legalize marijuana for medical uses this year.


A Senate committee tabled a bill yesterday that would allow a doctor to sign off on a patient using marijuana products to treat 21 illnesses or conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries or chronic pain, starting in July 2024. Committee Chair and Republican state Senator Mike Thompson of Shawnee said he has no plans to bring the bill back up this year. Thirty-seven states allow the medical use of marijuana, and 21 also allow recreational use. Kansas Senator Virgil Peck says the state can learn from how medical marijuana was implemented in Oklahoma and from the recent attempt to legalize recreational marijuana.

In addition, law enforcement officials continued to oppose legalization in Kansas and that bolstered the skepticism of some Republican senators.


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