On Monday, a Kansas House Commission started working on a reform to authorize medical cannabis within the territory. They discussed several changes while members are moving toward the expected vote late this week.
The legislation was launched in February in the House State and Federal Affairs Commission. It would set up a medicinal marijuana program for eligible patients. The panel’s members have already heard the opponent and proponents’ testimony. The next step is the formal consideration of the proposed revisions.
Chairman Barker John said that members are expected to review the filed amendments and give their vote before the week comes to an end.
As created, the reform lists twenty-one conditions that’d qualify individuals for the course, such as intractable pain, PTSD, and HIV. However, vaping and smoking products would still be illegal. Also, home cultivation will remain illicit.
Representative Carpenter Blake proposed a wide-scope amendment that’d change provisions regarding the set up of a medicinal cannabis advisory board, advertising rules, the procedure of adding ailments that qualify individuals for marijuana, and eligible conditions for folks with past cannabis-related convictions.
It’d also delete the provision about getting into reciprocity contracts with other regions and set up a $5000 penalty fee for dispensaries that don’t protect the patient’s details.
Representative Garber Randy also talked about several amendments that he desires, such as expanding the eligible conditions list, reducing prohibitions on vaping, providing control authority to Kansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control Department rather than the Agriculture Agency.
The policy change would also implement protections for health care experts who treat individuals using medicinal marijuana, increase testing provisions, eradicate the new offense of storing medical cannabis in children-accessible areas, impose charges on farmers according to crop counts rather than square footage and tighten residency rules for entrepreneurs.
On Monday, zero votes were taken, and legislators will meet again to mull more policy changes come Tuesday.