Kansas: Medicinal Marijuana Bill Introduced
By Lauren Garrison
The state of Kansas has always had strongly enforced laws against the use of marijuana in any degree. However, things might be changing in Kansas Legislature.
A house bill has been created to allow the use of medical marijuana for seriously ill individuals. According to House Bill 2610, titled the Medical Marijuana Act, by the Committee on Health and Human Services, this would allow “the legal use of marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions.”
The bill would also allow for the registration and construction of compassion centers, which are not-for-profit organizations that provide assistance to seriously-ill persons who might consider using medical marijuana for treatment.
According to the bill, a compassion center is a registered entity “that acquires, possesses, cultivates, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies or dispenses marijuana or related supplies and educational material to cardholders.”
Through the bill, if enacted, seriously-ill persons who wish to use medical marijuana for treatment will be issued identification cards which identify them as a “registered qualifying patient,” caregiver or employee of a compassion center.
The Medical Marijuana Act states “the purpose of this act is to protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their practitioners and providers, from arrest and prosecution, criminal or other penalties.”