Kansas

Thu
04
Feb

Kansas Governor Proposes Legalizing Medical Marijuana To Fund Medicaid Expansion

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Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas announced a proposal on Monday that would legalize medical marijuana to raise the revenue required to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Under the proposal, nearly 200,000 state residents who do not currently have health insurance would gain eligibility for coverage. 

Fri
15
Jan

Kansas lawmakers introduce new marijuana bill

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A new year means new marijuana legalization bills in the Kansas legislature.

On Wednesday, a medical marijuana bill was introduced with the support of the Kansas Cannabis Industry Association.

Kansas is one of 14 states without legal access to medical marijuana.

Supporters said they are confident enough lawmakers would support the bill if it was voted on. They said the bill would implement a regulated system, making sure the product is safe and tax is collected.

Spencer Duncan, Executive Director of the Kansas Cannabis Industry Association, said he thinks the bill may help boost the economy.

Tue
12
Jan

Bill Would Remove Cannabis from Drug Impairment List in Kansas

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Kansas is way behind when it comes to cannabis legislation, as their laws are some of the strictest in the country, and they’ve yet to see anything significant come through. However, they are finally moving in a positive direction when it comes to workers comp. 

A new bill would help ensure that an employee can still get money for being injured on the job, even if they are a cannabis user, and the bill would accept that cannabis is not in the same class as other controlled substances. 

Fri
08
Jan

Kansas Prepares For First “Commercial” Industrial Hemp Season

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture will begin accepting industrial hemp grower applications from January 8.

Up to this point, the only pathway for growing industrial hemp in the state was through a license issued under the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Program.

Governor of Kansas Laura Kelly signed the Senate Substitute for House Bill 2167, which established the state’s Commercial Industrial Hemp Program, back in April 2019. But first a plan needed to be developed and approved at a Federal level in order to comply with the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill. Meanwhile, 2019 was the first year that hemp could be grown in the state under the 2014 Farm Bill enabled pilot. 213 growers’ licenses were issued for around 5,700 acres.

Mon
14
Dec

Hemp takes one step closer to commercial growth in Kansas

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On Monday, the state conducted a public hearing for allowing industrial hemp to be grown commercially in Kansas. Last year, the crop was grown for research purposes.

Unless there are substantial objections to the proposed plan, the ruling should go into effect on or near Jan. 1, 2021. This would mean farmers in Kansas can grow commercial industrial hemp starting next year.

Tue
08
Dec

Hemp takes one step closer to commercial growth in Kansas

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On Monday, the state conducted a public hearing for allowing industrial hemp to be grown commercially in Kansas. Last year, the crop was grown for research purposes.

Unless there are substantial objections to the proposed plan, the ruling should go into effect on or near Jan. 1, 2021. This would mean farmers in Kansas can grow commercial industrial hemp starting next year.

Fri
23
Oct

Hemp approved for harvest in south-central Kansas

For Melisa Nelson-Baldwin, data is key. And what this trained crop research scientist sees is hemp is a great crop for Kansas farmers.

So much so that Nelson-Baldwin and her partners, husband Aaron Baldwin and brother-in-law Richard Baldwin, are ready to build a hemp fiber manufacturing plant in Great Bend – the first one in Kansas.

“We want to be up and running by the end of the year,” Nelson-Baldwin said.

The Baldwins grow both industrial cannabidiol oil and fiber hemp at their farm, South Bend Industrial Hemp, in Barton and Stafford counties. Aaron and Richard Baldwin are fourth-generation farmers in Great Bend, while Nelson-Baldwin grew up on a farm in Holton. The three work with both forms of industrial hemp on 55 acres of their traditional grain farm.

Wed
20
May

Will States Impacted By Coronavirus Turn To Marijuana Legalization?

States still searching for the best path forward in balancing economic and health concerns amid the continuing coronavirus outbreak also face another challenge once businesses reopen: recovering billions lost in state tax revenue, as well as millions of lost jobs.

In the long term, marijuana legalization might provide an answer. Even in historically conservative Texas, where marijuana is not legal but has been decriminalized, a movement is growing to legalize cannabis. Many believe the resulting tax revenue can help the state recover.

Mon
20
Apr

Kansas moves one step closer to commercial hemp program

The process of establishing a new commercial hemp program in Kansas has taken a critical first step.

The Hutchinson News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the plan by the Kansas Department of Agriculture to change the state’s research-based commercial hemp program to a commercial program.

This approval makes it possible for farmers to grow hemp without being under the umbrella of a research program. Once this program is approved by the state, farmers will not have to make formal research proposals in order to grow the non-hallucinogenic crop.

But the program must jump through several more hurdles to change status. These include state-based rules and regulations.

Tue
03
Mar

Kansas Committee Rejects Lower Penalties for Marijuana Possession

In a disappointing and borderline archaic move Kansas’ House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee voted 7 to 4 to reject a bill that would have simply made marijuana possession a misdemeanor regardless of how many times someone is caught with it, rather than a felony as it is current for third convictions (punishable by up to 14 months in prison). The move would not have legalized or even decriminalized possession, just prevented the personal possession of small amounts from being a felony.

The bill initially said offenders now in prison for marijuana possession would be released, but the committee removed that provision from the measure. Still, the committee rejected the measure. Chairman Russ Jennings (R) said the debate on the idea is over for the year.

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