Kansas hemp growers experiencing struggles, successes in first year

The newest crop in Kansas is bringing mixed results for farmers. 2019 is the first year people in Kansas are allowed to grow hemp.

“Consistently lot of farmers having trouble getting growing to start,” said James DeWitt, co-founder of United American Hemp in Olathe.

Weather conditions and access to hemp seed have been a struggle for some growers.

Right now, the only people that are allowed to grow hemp are those that applied to perform research to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Research varies from types of seed, soil, to water usage.

DeWitt is researching how hemp reacts to different types of light.


Cannabis oil with low THC now legal to possess in Kansas

It’s no plan for legalization, but it’s something; as of July 1, qualified patients will be able to use low THC cannabis oil in Kansas. Claire and Lola’s Law a.k.a. House Bill 2244 does not allow for legal sale or production of the oil, but individuals and families who meet requirements will be able to leave the state to purchase it, then come back home to administer the medicine. 

Prior to the law’s passage, Kansas was one of only four states without a comprehensive recreational or medical marijuana program — despite the fact that 18 pieces of medical marijuana legislation have been introduced since 2006. 


Kansas Governor signs CBD/THC Bill into law

Early this week Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 28 into law, which provides an affirmative defense against prosecution for possession of certain cannabidiol products containing tetrahydrocannabinol in specific circumstances.


Experts examine health impacts of legalizing medical marijuana in Kansas

As conversation continues in the statehouse, experts are working to understand the impacts of legalizing medical marijuana.

The Kansas Health Institute first conducted a study on the impacts of legalizing medical marijuana back in 2015, but as the conversation of legalizing pot for medical purposes continues to grow, they decided an updated study was necessary.

"The purpose of the study is to really try to understand what would happen in terms of the potential health impacts in the state if this legislation passes," Tatiana Lin, team leader for population health strategy at the Kansas Health Institute, said.

Forty-six states have some kind of legislation in place legalizing medical marijuana. Ten of those states also legalized recreational use for adults.


Kansas House approves Bill to allow use of CBD with small amounts of THC

The Kansas House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would allow the use of CBD oil with small amounts of THC by people with debilitating medical conditions. The measure, House Bill 2244, was passed by a vote of 89-35 early on Wednesday morning. The bill will now head to the state Senate for consideration.


City in Kansas considers reducing first- and second-time marijuana possession fines to $1

The city of Lawrence, Kansas, is looking to make it so that a marijuana possession fine costs less than


Most Kansans not legally cleared to grow hemp

The Kansas Department of Agriculture says although hemp is now federally classified as a crop, Kansans can't grow it yet.

Only farmers selected by the state for its research program will be allowed to grow hemp. The state's regulations for industrial hemp are headed for a public hearing on Wednesday. That's when hemp growers will have the opportunity to talk to lawmakers about their concerns.

After the hearing, farmers can apply for the industrial hemp license and pay a $1,000-per-acre fee for farming. That fee is something Rick Gash is planning to bring up at Wednesday's hearing.

"The seed is not cheap. If you're growing for CBD, you could be paying $8,000 a pound, and it takes three pounds at minimum per acre, so, $24,000 an acre," Gash says.


Kansas Supreme Court says cops can search your home if they say it smells like weed

The fourth amendment of the U.S. constitution protects citizens from "unreasonable searches or seizures." But apparently in Kansas, the definition of "unreasonable" is pretty loose, writes Joseph Misulonas. 


Kansas Supreme Court rules smell of pot enough to justify police searching a home

The seven justices on the Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that marijuana odor constitutes probable cause for police to search a private residence without a warrant, the AP is reporting. The 4-3 ruling says that an officer’s detection of a marijuana smell is enough cause to conduct a warrantless search. The case wound up in state supreme court after a lower court failed to demonstrate the lawfulness of a police search of the home of Lawrence Hubbard. During a sweep, police found roughly an ounce of cannabis in a closed container in a closet of Hubbard’s home.


How will Kansas address Missouri's new medical marijuana law?

Many Kansas City metro residents cross the state line between Missouri and Kansas multiple times a day. Now that Missouri has voted to legalize medical marijuana, what will those with legal prescriptions need to know when going into Kansas? 

"We are a metro area with hundreds of thousands of people crossing the state line, so it is something we will have to address," Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said Thursday. 

Voters in Missouri spoke loudly at the polls on Tuesday. Medical marijuana will become legal on Dec. 6, and residents must have a prescription to use it. 

Under the current law, any Missouri resident possessing medical marijuana could be arrested after crossing into Kansas, where medical marijuana is not legal, according to Howe.


Subscribe to RSS - Kansas