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News (Media Awareness Project) - US KS: Legislators Show Little Interest in Bill Legalizing
Title:US KS: Legislators Show Little Interest in Bill Legalizing
Published On:2012-02-01
Source:Lawrence Journal-World (KS)
Fetched On:2012-02-03 06:01:39
LEGISLATORS SHOW LITTLE INTEREST IN BILL LEGALIZING MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA

Topeka -- Even though a bill legalizing the medical use of marijuana
is now in both sides of the Kansas Legislature, officials have shown
little interest in making it a law.

Sen. David Haley, D-Kansas City, introduced Senate Bill 354, the
Cannabis Compassion and Care Act, during Monday's session. It was
referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, where it
will likely sit without a hearing.

"I have no interest on hearing the bill," said Sen. Vicki Schmidt,
R-Topeka, who leads the committee.

The bill would allow qualified patients with certain medical
conditions, such as cancer, glaucoma and AIDS, to buy marijuana from
registered "compassion centers."

"Marijuana has been used by many people already," Haley said. "It's
been a relief to those with a myriad of illnesses."

Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, introduced the same bill in the House
last February.

The Health and Human Services committee, responsible for hearing the
House bill, held an informational meeting on the issue last Tuesday.

Committee Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, said she didn't
expect the committee to act on the bill either.

Haley said he is pushing to have an official hearing, even if
committee members are opposed to it.

"Let's hear the pros and cons," Haley said. "For those who oppose it,
let them come forward."

Gov. Sam Brownback has said he opposes the medicinal use of marijuana.

According to the bill, 15 other states allow the medicinal use of the
drug, including Colorado and Michigan.
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