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Kansas Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Moran, Jerry - (R - KS)

521 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-6521

Contact: moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry

Sen. Moran is up for re-election in 2016

 

Roberts, Pat - (R - KS)

109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-4774

Contact: www.roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=EmailPat

 

State marijuana law from FindLaw.com:

While states across the nation, starting with Colorado and Washington, have decided to legalize recreational marijuana, Kansas still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance that shouldn’t be used recreationally by its residents. In fact, Kansas doesn’t even have legalized medical marijuana, although about half the states do allow cannabis for medical purposes. In 2014, a compassionate cannabis bill died in a Kansas senate committee, but future reform is possible.

Marijuana Policy Project on Kansas:

Last update: July 21, 2015

Possession of any amount of marijuana — even a single gram — can land Kansans in jail for up to a year, as well as a $1,000 fine. If they’re caught with marijuana again, they could be convicted of a felony and face up to three and a half years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Studies have shown that these types of harsh penalties do not reduce marijuana consumption rates and law enforcement efforts take time away from serious crime. Instead, they cost taxpayers money and needlessly ruin lives. It’s time for a different approach. Based on 2012 figures reported by state law enforcement to the FBI, there were over 4,700 arrests or citations for marijuana-related offenses during the year in Kansas, most of them for possession. During the same period, over 92% of all burglaries, including home invasions, and over 66% of all reported rapes went unsolved by law enforcement.

Positive discussion continues in 2015, but no policy improvements

During the now-closed 2015 legislative session, two long-time advocates for compassionate medical marijuana laws again sponsored bills to create a workable medical marijuana system. Sen. David Haley and Rep. Gail Finney introduced identical bills that would have allowed patients to safely access and use medical cannabis, as is the case in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Unfortunately, both bills died this session. Seventy percent of Kansans support medical marijuana, which received a resolution in support from the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature.

Kansas Cannabis News

 

TOPEKA - Supporters of medical marijuana rallied in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday to protest a bill that they say would make it harder for epilepsy sufferers to get hemp-based remedies.

TOPEKA, KAN. - Kansas Democratic Rep. John Wilson never thought he'd take up marijuana as a legislative cause, but the struggles of a family in his district to get medical hemp preparations to treat their son's seizures changed his mind.

The Garden City mother who has become a face of the medicinal marijuana legalization movement in Kansas is suing the state and some of the agencies involved in questioning and removing her 11-year-old son from her home last spring after he spoke up about her cannabis use at school.

Image: Kansas Highway Patrol Facebook Page via Westword.com

Last month, the federal government sided with Colorado in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. Supreme Court by Oklahoma and Nebraska, which claim that Colorado's marijuana laws should be dismantled due to residual harm being caused across state lines. Kansas hasn't joined the suit, but its attorney general, Derek Schmidt, appears to be gathering evidence that would bolster the case being made by these states.