Kansas senators have filed a new bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state, though leadership has tempered expectations about the scope of what might be passable this session.
The legislation is being carried by the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. An earlier medical cannabis reform measure cleared the House in 2021, but it stalled out in the Senate.
It’s unclear whether this new version will fare better in the chamber, but Senate President Ty Masterson (R) has said that he expects bills and hearings on the issue this year, and a spokesperson said that the senator understands that perspectives are “maturing” on medical marijuana—though the spokesperson also said the issue is “not a priority.”
“We are excited to see the Kansas legislature introduce legislation that would provide legal access to safe, laboratory tested medical cannabis products for patients suffering from debilitating conditions,” Kevin Caldwell, a legislative manager at the Marijuana Policy Project, told Marijuana Moment.
“The patients of Kansas have been eagerly anticipating the opportunity for a program and to join the 37 others states that have adopted comprehensive medical cannabis programs,” he said. “Patients have been forced for too long to have to go to the illicit
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