Kansas: Medical Marijuana Activists Say Hemp Oil Bill Would Help Very Few
By Derrick Stanley
Medical marijuana activists gathered at the Kansas statehouse in Wichita Wednesday, pushing lawmakers for change.
Kansas for Change leaders say the THC levels allowed by the hemp oil bill are too low to really make a difference for most patients.
"With what they're hoping to pass right now I don't think there would be very much difference from products you can buy on the shelf from the health foods store right now," said Esau Freeman.
Freeman says he's fed up with what lawmakers have done to a hemp oil bill originally written to help hundreds, but he believes will have a much smaller impact.
"Very few people, maybe 15 people in the state," said Freeman.
A Kansas Senate bill was recently changed to include more than just those who suffer from seizures. It would allow 21-year-olds with cancer, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and PTSD to receive hemp oil with 1-percent THC and children who suffer from seizures to be prescribed .3-percent.
Lawmakers who oppose more THC in cannabis oil say they are afraid people will abuse this form of medicine to get high.
"You would have to have the doctor's permission and there's still a lot of uncertainty for who would produce this product," said Freeman.
Tracy Nobles of Wichita attended the rally, and said that level wouldn't be enough to decrease the seizures that have taken away her 7-year-old daughter's ability to speak.
"It's hard, because I know that if I drive several hours to the west, I could get her the medicine that she needs, the strain that she needs and it would be in a medically supervised situation where I would have a doctor telling me to raise this and lower that," said 7-year-old Sofie Nobles' mother.
Robles says research shows her daughter needs between 3 and 7-percent to decrease seizures.
This bill was set to hit the Senate floor Wednesday, but it was not brought up in a short session