Bipartisan group proposes medical marijuana bill

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People suffering from pain may soon have another legal option to consider in Kansas.

A vote on medical marijuana could be headed to the house and senate floors.

With bills failing in past years to legalize marijuana, a group of bipartisan group of legislators came together Thursday to propose a new bill, focusing solely on the medical kind.

If passed, it would allow Kansans to get marijuana to treat pain from a licensed distributor if they’re diagnosed by a healthcare professional.

“The needs out there are huge,” said state Senator Tom Holland (D) Baldwin City. “People know that it definitely provides them relief of chronic pain. This something we need to get into their hands as soon as practical,” he said.

“As we’ve seen deaths from opioids increasing and addiction rates there, people need a better option,” said Representative Cindy Holscher (D) Olathe.

Kim Krueger has Behcet’s Disease, last year she switched from pain pills to marijuana.

“I couldn’t do that, and it wasn’t working, so my option was pretty limited,” she said.

Representative Jim Karleskint (R) Tonganoxie was also one of the legislators introducing the bill.

Each legislator spoke about how much the bill would also help veterans dealing with PTSD. It would allow only veterans use medical marijuana for the first 60 days after the bill passes.
Then anyone in the public could purchase it.

Supporters said this bill isn’t about getting marijuana legalized for recreational use down the line. It’s strictly about helping those in pain.

The group said this is the best bill that could actually get passed in a conservative legislature because of its restrictions and its focus on veterans.

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