Medical marijuana legalization is a hot topic in Kansas, with the state’s senators taking to committee a bill called SB135 which would legalize medical marijuana. The bill has several key components and provisions, including the ability for patients to buy and possess up to a 30-day supply of cannabis (at least three ounces) from licensed dispensaries. Smoking and vaping marijuana products would be prohibited1.
The bill is being introduced by Sen. Jeff Longbine, R-Emporia, and is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday and Thursday2. Supporters of the bill argue that it would provide relief to patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions, including chronic pain, cancer, and epilepsy3.
The momentum of state-level marijuana laws being passed is undeniable, with more and more states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana every year. In fact, as of 2022, 36 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with 15 states and the District of Columbia legalizing recreational marijuana4.
The benefits of legalizing medical marijuana are clear. Patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions would be able to access a safe and effective treatment option, without fear of legal repercussions. Additionally, legalizing medical marijuana would create jobs and generate revenue for the state5.
It’s time for Kansas to join the growing number of states that have legalized medical marijuana. The evidence is clear: medical marijuana is a safe and effective treatment option for a variety of medical conditions, and the benefits of legalization far outweigh any potential drawbacks.