Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R–Shawnee), the Republican chair of the Health and Welfare Committee, has stated her intention to block the measure from receiving a hearing.
Pilcher-Cook added, “I don’t think the Legislature would be for it. We have a very limited session. You have to look at the opportunity costs.”
But for sick Kansans the costs of using cannabis to treat health conditions can be brutal. First time offenders caught with pot face a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Repeat offenders risk up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. For those caught growing pot in Kansas it’s even worse. Personal cultivation is a felony under current state law with a maximum penalty of 17 years in prison.
The proposed medical cannabis bill would allow qualified patients to possess up to six ounces of pot and grow as many as 12 plants.