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Medical marijuana set to be OK'd in Kansas — but no vaping or smoking

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State lawmakers find themselves on the verge of legalizing marijuana for medical use, but with stricter rules than the way cannabis has been cleared for use in other states.

The Kansas House passed a legalization bill last year. The Senate stood poised to start work on it in the opening weeks of the current session, but Republican Senate President Ty Masterson abruptly pulled the bill from the calendar.

Now the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee has begun three days of hearings on the measure, a signal that the conservative Republicans controlling the Legislature have blessed tightly regulated legalization.


County Attorney warns Delta-8 illegal; pulled from stores


In the last year, a new product popped up in stores across Ellis County, Kansas.

Found on shelves in local convenience and liquor stores, Delta-8 products were being sold in a variety of forms, from edible to vape-based.

Often found near CBD or nicotine-based products, Delta-8 has been readily available for months across the state.

But while the product was being openly purchased and consumed, recent guidance from the Ellis County Attorney and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt clarified Delta-8 is illegal to sell and possess in Kansas.


185 pounds of marijuana seized during traffic stop in Osage County

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A routine traffic stop revealed a car brim-full with narcotics in Osage County on Wednesday.

An Osage County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle at milepost 160 on I-35 for a traffic violation and located narcotics in the car, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Bounmy Phongsavat, 40, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was taken into custody and transported to the Osage County Jail Facility on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.


When it comes to hemp, Kansas farmers need to continually pivot

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Three years ago, the Hiatt family decided to start a new adventure by transforming a couple of acres of farmland into an industrial hemp field. Each year they learn, and each year they pivot. Sometimes a little; sometimes a lot.

Across the nation, hemp farmers like the Hiatts are either changing what they are doing or leaving the industry.



The big bust

“Last year, nationwide, the amount of acres was down significantly from the year before,” said Sheldon Coleman, the CEO of Sunnyland Kansas in McPherson. “The numbers are all over the map, and I'm going to use an average, roughly 110,000 acres were licensed in 2019 and went down to about 45,000 acres in 2020 (nationwide).”


Kansans create special chamber of commerce to advance business of medical cannabis

Oklahoma, Colorado and Missouri allow sale of pot for health purposes.

Advocates of legalizing marijuana sales formed the Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce to move the political, business and health debate forward in a state bordered by dispensaries in Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri and a renewed push to open markets in Nebraska.

The Kansas House overwhelmingly approved a bill during the 2021 session that would have created a highly regulated medical cannabis structure, but it wasn’t taken up by the Kansas Senate. Gov. Laura Kelly said she would sign medical marijuana legislation, if the Legislature sent a package to her desk. Polling last year indicated two-thirds of Kansas adults supported legalization of marijuana sales.


From alcohol to pain-relieving pot, Prohibition runs deep in Kansas

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Amy Reid is serious about medical marijuana.

She’s a Wichita registered nurse and president of the Kansas Cannabis Coalition. She describes herself as a cannabis navigator for her patients, and she is all business when it comes to advocating for medical weed. I couldn’t help but chuckle when she told me the name of a sister organization, the Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. She asked me what was so funny.

Um, the name, I said, guilty as a schoolboy. The hard K, the alliteration, all ending with “chamber of commerce.” It was like no chamber I’d ever heard of, but the only one I might want to join.


Who Will Be Last? Wyoming, Idaho. Kansas, South Carolina only States Where Marijuana Is Fully Criminalized

With the country seeing a variety of marijuana reform measures advance in spring 2021, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas and South Carolina are now the only states in the country where marijuana is fully criminalized.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a limited medical marijuana bill into law in May, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also signed legislation in May that will legalize medical marijuana in the state. Further reform has also been advancing in states which have already legalized or decriminalized marijuana, such as Nevada, Louisiana and Conneticut.


Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill (SB 158) Approved By Kansas House of Representatives


Members of the Kansas House of Representatives voted to approve a bill on Thursday that would legalize the medicinal use of cannabis. The measure, Senate Bill 158 (SB 158), was passed in the House by a vote of 79 to 42.


Kansas Continues To Push For Legal Cannabis After The House Committee Passes A Reform Bill

Kansas Is Aiming To Legalize Marijuana

Earlier this week a Kansas House committee has passed a bill that would legalize medicinal cannabis. Those who are a part of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee have approved various amendments. This took place before the Committee passed the legislation in a 12-8 victory in favor of the bill. This would make the second time that the state’s House has approved a cannabis reform bill this session.
After passing in March, it was sent to the House floor but was then rereferred back to the committee for further consideration.


Medical Marijuana Bill Advances in Kansas

Kansas medical marijuana supporters have found support from some conservative Republican legislators, allowing a proposal to advance on March 29 after weeks of deliberations.

Some Republicans say they have been motivated by conservative neighbors Missouri and Oklahoma legalizing medical marijuana in 2018 through ballot initiatives, while others say many of their constituents support it.

Legalization advocates are glad state lawmakers are seriously considering the matter. But the measure has received pushback, mainly from law enforcement groups that say that there’s not enough evidence that marijuana can treat medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease.


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