Kansas State Senator David Haley (D–Kansas City) has proposed a bill that would make Kansas the 19th medical marijuana state. This is the third consecutive year a medical pot bill has been introduced in Kansas. Unfortunately the measure has never received a proper vote. And it looks as if that trend will continue in 2013.
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.
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