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.


Pre-applications now being accepted for Kansas' Industrial Hemp Research Program

In April, the Kansas legislature passed Senate Bill 263 to enact the Alternative Crop Research Act and charged the Kansas Department of Agriculture with implementing the Industrial Hemp Research Program. This fall, KDA requests that individuals who are considering participation in the Industrial Hemp Research Program in Kansas in 2019, whether as a grower, distributor or processor, submit a Pre-Application and Pre-Application Research Proposal.


Former U.S. Attorney believes ‘enforcement of cannabis laws was immoral.’

As Missourians prepare to vote in November on whether to legalize medical marijuana, proponents have support from someone who used to prosecute federal laws.

Former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said Saturday that the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, along with heroin, is “absurd” and he said advocates of marijuana legalization were patriots because they are standing up for individual liberty. As a federal prosecutor, Grissom said, “I soon became a true believer that enforcement of cannabis laws was immoral.” Grissom was the keynote speaker at a conference in Kansas City of the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association.


To legalize or not? Here's where candidates for Kansas governor stand on pot

More than half of the major candidates for Kansas governor support legalizing medical marijuana – a change that appears more likely after Oklahoma voters approved medicinal use on Tuesday.

Medical marijuana in Kansas is no longer the distant goal for supporters of marijuana legalization and reform that it once was. But what happens may ultimately depend on who is elected governor.

Marijuana has been a prominent in the Democratic race. That, as well as Oklahoma’s decision, are raising the odds that Kansas lawmakers will take a serious look at the issue next year.


Three things to know about the state of cannabis in Kansas

This winter we reported that Kansas is one of just four states with the strictest cannabis laws in the country.

But the 2018 legislative session that ended earlier this month shook the state’s legal landscape. So what has changed and what hasn’t?

CBD is now legal


Cannabis oil advances in Kansas legislature as other medical marijuana proposal dies

Lawmakers in the Kansas House rejected an effort Monday to allow medical marijuana in the state.

But they advanced a plan to allow the sale of some products made from cannabis — if the high-producing compounds have been removed.

The discussion over legalizing cannabis for medical purposes came as lawmakers considered regular updates to the state’s drug laws.

Democratic Rep. Cindy Holscher offered an amendment that would have created a medical marijuana system in Kansas.

She said that her daughter was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and that the side effects of some of her medications have been severe. Marijuana, she said, might offer some relief.


Kansas attorney general says CBD products illegal, even with no THC

The latest answer to the ongoing question of whether shops in the Kansas City area can sell cannabidiol or CBD, is a resounding “no” on the Kansas side.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, in an opinion released last week, wrote that it’s illegal in Kansas to sell or possess any product with CBD, a marijuana derivative, even if it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high.

That puts Eddie Smith, who has been selling CBD oil out of a shop in downtown Mission for about a year, in the crosshairs of law enforcement.

“I’m just kind of freaking out,” Smith said Wednesday.

Some Kansas residents who use CBD products were also perturbed.


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