Kansas State Policy Alert

Sent: January 15, 2013
From: Dan Riffle
Topic: Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana bill introduced in Kansas

Message: 

Kansas might share a border with Colorado, but in terms of marijuana policy, they’re worlds away. There’s reason for optimism though. Sen. David Haley has once again filed legislation that would allow patients with serious medical conditions to obtain and use marijuana with their doctors’ approval.

Please ask your legislators to co-sponsor Senate Bill 9.

If passed, Haley’s bill would make Kansas the 19th state to allow the physician-approved use of marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditions. Patients whose doctors recommend marijuana and their caregivers would apply to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment for an ID card that would protect them for arrest for possession of up to six ounces of marijuana or cultivation of up to 12 plants.

Last year, Haley’s bill received only an “informational hearing,” but there’s a new chairman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, so there’s reason to hope the bill will receive a formal hearing and possibly even be voted to the floor. The best way to ensure that happens is to urge your elected officials to support the bill, and ask your friends to do the same.

Thanks, and we’ll keep you posted.